As India witnessed a sense of outrage across the nation following Thursday’s attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group on a CRPF convoy which killed 45 troopers, the US, Russia, and Australia led the world in condemning the terror attack.
Reiterating his country’s support for further strengthening counterterrorist cooperation with India, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the perpetrators and sponsors of the attack should be brought to book.
In a message to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Russian President said, “Please accept the most sincere condolences in connection with the loss of Indian law enforcement officers in the terrorist act in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We strongly condemn this brutal crime. The perpetrators and sponsors of this attack, undoubtedly, should be duly punished.
“I would like to reiterate the readiness for further strengthening counterterrorist cooperation with Indian partners. In Russia, we share the grief of friendly people of India and hope for speedy recovery of the injured,” Putin added.
In a stern message to Pakistan, the White House has asked Islamabad to “immediately end” its “support” to all terror groups and not to provide “safe haven” to them.
“The US calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
“This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the US and India,” she said in the statement issued by the White House.
Australia’s political leaders also condemned the “heinous” terror attack. “We convey our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and all those injured. Our thoughts are with my friend Prime Minister @narendramodi and the Indian people,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said: “A grateful nation bows to the martyrs of Pulwama. A befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the heinous attack and their patrons. No force will succeed in disturbing peace, progress and stability of India.”
The attack was carried out by JeM terrorist by ramming his explosives-laden vehicle into a bus, which was part of a convoy carrying a large number of troopers in the State’s Pulwama district on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway on Thursday.