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India vowed revenge against Pakistan after a suicide attack killed 44 Indian soldiers in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir on Friday. The Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, or the Army of Mohammed, claimed responsibility for the car bombing. The Indian media called it the worst attack on armed forces in recent decades.
“We will give a befitting reply, our neighbor will not be allowed to destabilize us,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a speech following the terror attack. “Politicians in the Capital are discussing options to respond and hit back at terrorists,” India Today reported, adding that “some of the top Army generals have been given the responsibility to weigh and execute their plans.”
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The terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed named the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed Dar, a 19-year-old ‘aspiring’ Muslim cleric. “By the time this video is out, I will be enjoying in heaven,” Dar is seen saying a video clip release by the Islamist group. “I am the real propagator of Islam and my name will be written in golden letters.”
“A retaliatory response could come soon. It will also be visible, high-decibel and wrapped in claims of victorious retribution,” the left-leaning Indian news website The Print noted. “The Indian military has acknowledged contingency plans exist for punishing Pakistan more severely in the event of a damaging terrorist attack,” the BBC confirmed, cautioning that “all such plans carry the danger of retaliation and uncontrolled escalation.”
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Since 1990, India has faced a sustained terrorist campaign in the Muslim-dominated Himalayan region of Kashmir. Islamic terrorists have killed more than 14,000 Indian civilians and 5,000 security personnel during this period, according to official Indian figures.
“Nation waits for revenge for Pulwama attack from Pakistan,” the Indian leading news network Zee noted, summing up the mood across the country. The Singapore-based Straits Times reported the sentiment in India:
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