A suicide bomber driving a SUV car laden with explosives rammed a bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops
There were 78 vehicles in the convoy which were on their way from Jammu to Srinagar and one of the vehicles came under attack.
The SUV was reportedly laden with 80 kg of explosives.
Over 40 personnel have been killed in the deadly terror attack and many have been injured
The banned Pakistan based terror organisation Jaish-e-Muhammad has claimed responsibility for the attack
They have identified the bomber as Adil Ahmad Alias Waqar, a 22-year-old local boy from Pulwama.
He was a 12th class dropout and joined the organisation last year
This was the first time a car bomb suicide attack happened since the dark days of militancy in the 1990s.
A resident of Lethpora told The Indian Express, “We were sitting at home when there was a deafening bang and the earth shook,” he said. “It was so powerful that we were thrown away from the place we were sitting”.
All mainstream political parties in the Valley condemned the explosion and called it a cowardly act.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a hard hitting speech warned Pakistan that such attacks will not weaken India and those responsible will have to pay a "very heavy price"
"This is a terrible tragedy. The entire opposition and the country is standing together with the government and security forces in this time of mourning," said Rahul Gandhi.
Condemning the attack, NC leader Omar Abdullah offered his condolences to the families of the bereaved
Meanwhile, China condemned the Pulwama terror attack but once again declined to back India's appeal to list the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.