India joins ‘super-exclusive club’ by test-firing nuclear-capable ICBM

India test-fires Agni-V ICBM, hails ‘major boost’ to military power

India test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday, its defense minister announced in a tweet that heralded “a major boost” to the country’s military capabilities.

By Alastair Jamieson, NBC News

India test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday, its defense minister announced in a tweet that heralded “a major boost” to the country’s military capabilities.

The 3,100-mile-range Agni-V was launched at 9:53 a.m. local time (11:23 p.m. Wednesday ET) from Abdul Kalam island, Raksha Mantri said.

The country has 120-130 nuclear warheads in its stockpile, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

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An Agni-V missile. Pallava Bagla / Corbis via Getty Images file

Indian news channel NDTV said Thursday’s launch confirmed India’s place in “the super-exclusive club of countries with ICBMs” citing the U.S., Britain, Russia, China and France as other members.

In a tweet, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said the “successful” test would make “every Indian very proud” and “boost our strategic defense.”

India boasts a million-man army.

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Deepest condolences to the families of the Jawans killed in a terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir

Pulwama terror attack: At least 40 CRPF jawans killed in J&K, JeM claims responsibility

IED Blast On Srinagar-Jammu Highway, 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday when a terrorist attacked with an explosive-laden vehicle into one of the buses of the convoy of the security forces.

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At least 44 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens injured in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Death toll in the Pulwama’s Awantipora terror attack is expected to rise, police officials said.

Terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed has taken the responsibility of the attack. IED blast was followed by gunshots in Goripora area of Awantipora.

The incident took place when some 2,547 CRPF personnel were coming in a convoy of 78 vehicles from the transit camp in Jammu and headed to Srinagar. Police sources said a suicide attacker rammed his vehicle around 3.15 p.m., taking the security forces completely by surprise. An earlier report said an improvised explosive device (IED) was exploded and then militants fired at the convoy. Catch minute-to-minute live updates in Pulwama terror attack.