The White House asked Pakistan to immediately end “support” and “safe haven” to all terror groups as it strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack.

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday that left at least 44 CRPF jawans dead and nearly 45 seriously wounded.

“The United States 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 late night statement on Thursday.

“This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India,” she said in a strongly-worded statement issued by the White House.

At least 44 security personnel were killed when an explosive-laden car rammed into a bus they were travelling in. The terror strike took place near Letapora of Pulwama in South Kashmir.

Read | 44 CRPF jawans killed, nearly 45 injured in suicide attack in J-K’s Pulwama; JeM claims responsibility

The convoy carrying the soldiers was travelling from Jammu to Srinagar when the attack occurred. Terrorists continued to fire at the convoy even after the bus was completely charred. The convoy comprised 70 vehicles carrying nearly 2500 soldiers. Two CRPF vehicles were damaged in the attack.

The terrorists succeeded in executing the attack despite the fact that the highway, particularly in South Kashmir, is properly sanitised every time there is a movement of the convoys of security forces.

The buses were completely destroyed and mutilated bodies of the jawans lay scattered on the road that also bore blood stains.

This is the biggest terror attack on security personnel in decades since the Uri incident in September 2016.