On the 30th of March, in Banihal of Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir, a Hyundai Santro car rammed into a CRPF transport vehicle from behind. Following which the car exploded.
At first, it was thought to be an accidental gas-cylinder explosion as the convoy had moved away from the initial rear-end collision, and thus there were no casualties. Urea, petrol, gelatin sticks and remnants of LPG cylinders were later found in the car, indicating a rudimentary IED. The driver of the car bomb managed to run away from the scene post-collision. The Banihal bomber has since been apprehended by Jammu and Kashmir police. He has been identified as Owais Ahmed Malik of Arwani area of Bijbehara region, South Kashmir. He is affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen.
Although no CRPF jawans were hurt, the security measures adopted by the defence forces proved unsuccessful. The car should never have even gotten close to the convoy. The brave soldiers escaped by the skin of their teeth with just one bus suffering minor damage despite the breach in security. After the Pulwama attack, a strict security protocol was installed, whereby no civilian vehicles would be allowed to move while a convoy is passing by.
Officials within the army think the Banihal attack is a trial run for a larger terror attack targeting the armed forces. A letter penned by the terrorist found within the car made claims that he was avenging the victims of atrocities committed by the army in Kashmir.