Indian troops killed when massive bomb obliterates bus in Kashmir

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The blast took place on a heavily guarded highway

The intelligence input had said, "Chatter inputs reveal that JeM outfit has hinted to carry out IED attacks along the routes of security forces across Jammu and Kashmir".

US and Russian Federation for the second consecutive day have asked perpetrators of Pulwama terror attack to be brought to justice with President Vladimir Putin asking for action against attackers and White House demanding that Pakistan dismantles terror infrastructure. On October 1, 2001, three terrorists had rammed a Tata Sumo loaded with explosives into the main gate of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislative Assembly complex in Srinagar - killing 38 people. He said the bus was destroyed and at least five other vehicles were damaged by the blast.

Around 3:15 pm on Thursday, a fidayeen (suicidal) attack was executed when a vehicle, carrying a heavy amount of explosives, blew up in between the vehicles of the CRPF, that was part of a convoy, on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. "Just pieces of mangled steel remain of the vehicle", Sanjay Sharma, a spokesman for India's Central Reserve Police Force told the news service.

"The sacrifices of our fearless security personnel shall not go in vain", Indian Prime Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, calling the attack "despicable".

Condemning the attack, the Indian government in a strongly-worded statement had demanded that "Pakistan should stop supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from their territory". The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the fearless martyrs.

The last major auto bombing, which killed 40 people including three suicide attackers, was also carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed, in 2001.

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India has about 500,000 soldiers deployed to its half of Kashmir, where separatists have for decades been fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Jaish-e-Mohammed, a United Nation's listed terror organisation set up in Pakistan during the 1990s with an aim of dislodging India's grip on Kashmir, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement that the UAE "condemns this terrorist act", reiterating the country's principled and unequivocal position rejecting all forms of violence and terrorism.

The president also expressed sympathies to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying those behind this crime must be brought to justice, and called for closer anti-terror cooperation. It said the attack strengthens USA resolve to step up counter-terrorism cooperation with India.

A release from Nepal's ministry of foreign affairs put forth late on Thursday said any kind of heinous act of terrorism can not be justified, reinforcing Nepal's stand against such kind of manifestations.

The experts on South Asia said the terror strike shows the United States has failed to persuade Pakistan to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terrorist groups. Islamabad says it only offers moral and diplomatic support to Muslim Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination.

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