The terrorist in the deplorable and ghastly attack, in which 40 soldiers of the CRPF were killed drove up next to a massive security convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and detonated around 60 kg of RDX, said the CRPF sources, rolling out the new findings in one of the worst attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in decades.
Earlier, the investigators had stated that Adil Ahmad Dar, the Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber had rammed his Scorpio SUV carrying 350 kgs of explosive in the CRPF bus.
However, it now seems that what the terrorist was driving was a Sedan and not an SUV and it had RDX that blew up in the radius of 150 metres. The bomber didn’t ram the bus but detonated the explosives right next to it, after overtaking the convoy of 78 buses from the left.
The impact of the explosion was such that it flung a body 80 metres away.
As per the news sources, the explosives consisted of a “shaped-charge” that was tailormade for focused impact and to infiltrate armour. The bus was blown to bits and reduced to distorted steel parts. There were human remains scattered across a 100 metre stretch of the highway.
It is however unclear as to how Dar, a 22-year-old school dropout who stayed just 10 kms from the site of the blast, managed to get hold of the RDX and who aided him.
Investigators will also inspect how he managed to access the highway that had been sanitised hours before for the CRPF convoy.
The scale of the attack suggests long planning over months by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, run by Masood Azhar, who roams freely in Pakistan.