Pulwama incident is one of the biggest militant attacks in Kashmir in the last two decades. The last time a car bombing of such magnitude happened was in 2001 when JeM carried out a suicide bomb blast outside the Srinagar secretariat killing 49 people and injuring 40 others.
But this is not the first time that a car/vehicle was used to carry out an attack by the militants in the valley. According to South Asia Terrorism portal (SATP), this is the 11th major incident where a vehicle was used by the militants to carry out an blast. The last such a same incident took place in 2009 in Srinagar when militants had blown up a police vehicle by triggering a car bomb.
High-grade RDX explosive, weighing about 80 kilogramme, was used in a blasting on a Central Reserve Police Force bus that killed 49 security personnel in one of the deadliest terror strikes on security forces in the Kashmir Valley in three decades, officials said on Friday.
The officials said a post-blast investigation conducted by security agencies has found that ‘high-grade RDX’ of about 80 kilogramme was detonated in the blast that was carried out by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist after he rammed his explosive laden SUV into the ill-fated bus–HR 49 F 0637–from the left side.
The incident took place at the 272nd milestone on National Highway near Latoomode in Pulwama at about 3:33 pm.