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Pulwama Outrage: Is a full-blown war with Pakistan the only way left?

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Amid the drizzle, smoke and the smell of burnt flesh were hanging in the air. Still.

The wreckage of the ill-fated bus, the bloodied human flesh and the dismembered parts were being collected by fellow security personnel. Still.

This was the spine-shivering scene near the saffron town of Pampore — gateway to the summer capital of Srinagar — after a major explosion that shook the security establishment and the nation alike had occured a day earlier.

In one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in Kashmir, at least 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and 38 others injured when a Kashmiri suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a convoy of the paramilitary force in Lethpora area along the Srinagar-Jammu highway — some 20 miles from the city.

Pulwama: The impact of the explosion was felt 20 miles away in Srinagar. (Source: Reuters)

It was February 14, 3.26 PM.

Within the blink of an eye, the earth beneath shook as the lone suicide-attacker detonated his Mahindra Scorpio, laden with some 350 kilograms of explosives, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.

The impact of the explosion was so huge that it could be felt even in Srinagar.

Soon after the attack, a video of the reported attacker, Adil Ahmad Dar alias Waqas Commando of the Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, hailing from Pulwama, went viral on social media.

In the 10-minute video, the suicide bomber talks about how he joined the Jaish and why.


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