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Pulwama terror attack: Sportspersons condemn attack, expressed condolences to victims’ families

India's sports fraternity came together to condemn the terror attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama, Kashmir and offered their condolences of the martyred jawans.

The mangled remains of the CRPF vehicle. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Indian sportspersons came out in numbers on social media to condemn the terror attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama that has resulted in the death of at least 40 CRPF personnel. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack while identifying the bomber as a local militant.

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, said that “enough is enough” and that conversations have “to be in a battle ground.”

Gambhir’s former opening partner Virender Sehwag also expressed his condolences over the death of security personnel saying “no words are enough to describe the pain”. In a tweet, he said, “Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred. No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.”

Suresh Raina tweeted that he is “deeply disturbed by the news.” Many other sportspersons such as Saina Nehwal, tennis star Rohan Bopanna, wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Yogeshwat Dutt and Bajrang, boxers Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar; wrestler Sakshi Malik; paddler Manika Batra and hockey player Rani Rampal, among others, also tweeted their tributes.

As per the local police, the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, who rammed his explosive-laden car into the CRPF convoy. The CRPF bus was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar. Inspector General of CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan, said, “Yes, there has been an attack on the CRPF convoy.” He added, “We are still ascertaining what has happened.”