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US condemns Pulwama attack, calls on countries to deny safe haven to terrorists

Condemning The Terror Strike, The US State Department Said In A Statement That It Was Resolutely Committed To Working With The Indian Government To Combat Terrorism.

PTI | Updated on: 15 Feb 2019, 07:04:40 AM
US strongly condemned the terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)./ Image: ANI


The US on Friday strongly condemned the terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Kashmir's Pulwama district and called on all countries to deny safe haven and support for terrorists. In one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir's three decades of militancy, a Jaish suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district, killing at least 42 personnel and leaving many critically wounded.

Condemning the terror strike, the US State Department said in a statement that it was resolutely committed to working with the Indian government to combat terrorism in all its forms.   

"The US condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today on an Indian Central Reserve Police Force convoy in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,’’ State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said and extend his deepest condolences to the deceased paramilitary personnel and their families.

The UN designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad has claimed responsibility for this heinous act. ‘’We call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists,’’ Palladino said.

US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster also condemned the attack and tweeted, ‘’The US Mission in India strongly condemns today's terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims.’’

More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm.

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First Published : 15 Feb 2019, 07:01:31 AM