In what is being described as Uri redone, as many as 30 personnel of the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) were killed while another 40 injured as a car laden with explosives rammed the bus they were travelling in.
The CRPF personnel were moving in as part of a large convoy.
The terror strike took place at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
It is said that the convoy included some 2,500 soldiers who were in different buses on a sanitized and well-protected highway when the blast took place at Awantipora.
Terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack, the worst since the 2016 attack at an army camp in Uri, in which 19 soldiers were killed.
The police have identified a suicide attacker named Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama. Adil Ahmad joined the Jaish e Mohammad in 2018.
Meanwhile Union Minister Arun Jaitley has tweeted and warned of action on the terrorists who have claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
Bullet marks on the bus indicate that more terrorists may have been hiding and may have fired at the convoy.
Union Minister VK Singh tweeted: “As a soldier and a citizen of India, my blood boils at the spineless and cowardly attacks. 18 brave hearts from the @crpfindia laid down their lives in #Pulwama. I salute their selfless sacrifice & promise that every drop of our soldier’s blood will be avenged. #JaiHind”