Women and children helped terrorists to ferry the deadly explosive RDX grade 5 (for military use) and ammonium nitrate from transit point Tral in Pulwama district in south Kashmir in carrying out a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy on February 14, intelligence sources told IANS.
More than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed when a local suicide bomber, Aadil Dar influenced by the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), rammed his SUV into a bus carrying the troopers from Jammu to Srinagar when a convoy of 78 buses carrying CRPF jawans was passing through the area.
The sources said the trigger for the explosive was manufactured locally and that ammonium nitrate was used as an oxidizer in the RDX explosive.
The attack took place on Jammu-Srinagar highway near Latoomode in Pulwama around 3.33 p.m. on February 14, stunning the over 2,500 troopers who were part of the convoy. The attacks had been made on the troopers as an act of revenge for killing the Jaish commander Masood Azhar's nephews.
The military grade RDX was procured from across the border and the device was assembled around 10 km from the blast site, the sources said.
The security forces avenged the Pulwama terror attack just four days later by eliminating three JeM terrorists on February 18. Among the three executed were Kamran alias Rasheed Ghazi, the mastermind behind the Pulwama terror attack and a resident of Pakistan.
(with agency inputs)