Death toll crosses 40; Indian envoy to Pakistan called back for consultations.
The death toll of CRPF jawans in the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir has crossed 40.
After a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the withdrawal of the Most Favoured Nation status granted to Pakistan was announced. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood and issued a “strong démarche” in connection with the attack.
Several nations, including the United States, and the United Nations have strongly condemned the attack.
J&K Police detain seven youths
Jammu and Kashmir Police have detained seven persons from Pulwama district of South Kashmir in connection with the terror attack, officials say.
The youths were detained from Pulwama and Awantipora during the night on suspicion of links with the planning of the suicide attack.
The overall planning is believed to be done by a Pakistani national, one Kamran of Jaish-e-Mohammed, who has been operating and moving in areas — Pulwama, Awantipora and Tral areas of South Kashmir.
The fidayeen (suicide attacker) was identified as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama. He had joined the JeM in 2018.
According to initial investigations, the planning for the terror strike was done at Midoora area of Tral in South Kashmir.
Police are also looking for another local JeM overground worker who was instrumental in arranging the explosive material. – PTI
NIA team collects material for forensic evaluation
“An NIA team, along with the explosives and forensic experts, has collected material required for forensic evaluation from the scene of crime at Pulwama. Considering the status of the scene of crime, the team would continue with sifting of the material on February 15 as well. The outcome would be made known after the analysis is over,” says NIA official.
Portraits of CRPF Jawans killed in the Pulwama attack