Visual from Pulwama
Visual from Pulwama

Pulwama terror: World leaders condemn attack, stand with India

ANI | Updated: Feb 14, 2019 23:14 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb 14 (ANI): The United States along with several other countries on Thursday condemned the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, which claimed as many as 40 lives, and extended their condolences to the families of the victims.
US envoy to India, Kenneth Juster tweeted: “U.S. Mission in India strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack in J&K. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. The United States stands alongside India in confronting terror and defeating it.”
Russia condemned the attack and denounced terrorism in all its forms and manifestation.
Embassy of the Russian Federation tweeted, “We denounce terrorism in all its forms & reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive & collective response without any double standards. We express condolences to families of the deceased & wish a speedy recovery to injured.”
Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid reached out with his tweet: “Strongly condemn the suicide terrorist attack on the convoy carrying Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir today. I extend my prayers and condolences to the bereaved families of the dead and injured.”
He said the Government and the people of Maldives joined him condemning the cowardly act of terror.
"The Maldives is fully committed to the fight against terrorism and will continue to work closely with India, and the international community in eliminating this global menace,”  Shahid said.
Expressing solidarity with the families of the victims of the attack and people and government of India, Bhutan Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji tweeted, “Shocked & saddened to hear of the terror attack in Kashmir. We strongly condemn this heinous attack & express our solidarity with families of victims, & people & Govt of India. Hope perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed his condolences, concern and condemnation over the Pulwama Attack.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also expressed his condolences and condemned the attack.
“I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district — the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. I express my condolences to @narendramodi and the families of police officers who lost their lives,” Wickremesinghe tweeted.
Minister of Ports and Shipping and Southern Development, Sagala Ratnayaka also tweeted condemning the attack. 
French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian termed the Pulwama attack as vile. 
“I condemn in the strongest terms the vile attack that has just struck India. I express my condolences to the families of fallen soldiers and my deep solidarity with the Government and people of India. France has always been and will always be alongside India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms. 
"I call on each state to effectively combat terrorist networks and their funding channels and to prevent the cross-border movement of terrorist groups, such as Jaish-e-Mohamed, who has claimed responsibility for this attack,” Drian wrote.
Dubbed as the deadliest terror attack on security forces in Kashmir, around 40 CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday when their convoy was targeted in Pulwama district on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
K Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor, told ANI that the death toll in the attack was around 40.
The convoy was targeted in Ladoora area on the new Expressway, CRPF Director General RP Bhatnagar told ANI.
A bus, in which 42 CRPF personnel were travelling, was extensively damaged in the blast which was followed by firing on the vehicle. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber, according to a local news agency. (ANI)