40 Indian paramilitary police killed in Kashmir

2019-02-15 at 12:16

At least 40 Indian paramilitary police have been killed in a bomb attack by militants on their convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Police told the BBC that a car filled with explosives had rammed a bus carrying the troops to Srinagar.

Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it was behind the attack.

It is the deadliest militant attack on Indian forces in Kashmir since the insurgency against Indian rule began in 1989.

The blast took place on the heavily guarded Srinagar-Jammu highway about 20km from the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir, Srinagar.

Indian media reports said a car carrying around 350kg of explosives struck a convoy of about 70 vehicles that was carrying 2,500 troops to the Kashmir Valley.

The official said the death toll might increase because dozens were “critically injured”.