Eight CRPF jawans have been killed in an IED blast in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday, PTI reported. Officials say the Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the incident.
The blast ripped through the bus the jawans were travelling in. The blast was reportedly followed by gunshots.
Several people were injured in the IED blast, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron.
The vehicle was blown up on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district, a police official said.
The incident comes a day after 12 students were injured in an explosion at a private school in Narbal village of Kakapora area in the same district. Twelve students of class 10 were injured in the blast that rocked the school when they were taking winter tuition.
(With PTI inputs)