Three years ago, in one of the bloodiest strikes on Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, 40 CRPF jawans were slain in the Pulwama terror attack.
Today is the third anniversary of the attack on the Indian Bravehearts whose deaths were not in vain. India was able to revenge the attack by striking multiple terror camps on Pakistani soil.
On February 14, 2019, forty CRPF men were murdered in a terrorist assault in Pulwama carried out by the Pakistan-based terror organization Jaish-e-Mohammad.
When the event occurred, a convoy of 78 trucks hauling around 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops from Jammu to Srinagar was travelling on National Highway 44.
A vehicle carrying explosives crashed into the bus carrying CRPF soldiers at 3:15 p.m. It triggered a bomb, killing 40 CRPF soldiers from the 76th Battalion on the scene and injuring many more.
The incident was claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) or Jaish. It is a terrorist organization located in Pakistan. They also published a video of the assailant, Adil Ahmad Dar, a 22-year-old boy from Kakapora in Jammu and Kashmir, following the event. He’d joined the gang a year before.
On February 26, 2019, India launched a counter-terror airstrike against a JeM training camp. The IAF targeted the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camps in Balakot, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, in the early hours of the morning. It is estimated that between 300 and 350 terrorists were slain.
In reaction, the Pakistan Air Force launched an attack into Jammu and Kashmir the next day, on February 27. It produced no results; nevertheless, an Indian MiG-21 was shot down by Pakistan, and its pilot, Wing Commander Abhinanadan Varthaman, was apprehended and later freed.