At least 40 CRPF men were killed in an IED blast in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday, February 14. Reports suggest that the death toll may rise even further and many soldiers have also been injured in the blast.

This is said to be one of the biggest attacks on the CRPF in recent history. The IED was planted in a parked civilian vehicle along the Jammu-Srinagar highway and was triggered by terrorists as the CRPF convoy passed the area. 

Terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad has claimed responsibility for the attack. News 18 reports that local fidayeen terrorist Aadil Ahmad was behind the attack which was caused by a car laden with 350 kg of explosives. According to Kashmir Reader, at least 40 CRPF personnel have been admitted to the army hospital in Srinagar. 

Aadil Ahmad is said to be the mastermind behind the blast

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack.