Kashmir: At Least seven Amarnath pilgrims involving six women died and many others have been injured in a deadly terrorist attack that took place in in southern Anantnag district on Monday evening.
On Twitter, Jammu and Kashmir Police shared a tweet stating that 19 people have been wounded.
“The bus carrying pilgrims from Gujarat was attacked at around 8.20 pm near Khanabal. The bus was not a part of the official yatra convoy, which was provided with heavy security,” police stated.
Officials stated, the terrorists first targeted a police bunker at Botengo in Anantnag at 8.15 pm.
“The fire was retaliated and there was no report of injuries,” police asserted.
Later, the terrorists attacked a police naka party at nearby Khanabal.
After the attack, PM Narendra Modi strongly critisized the attack and stated India would never get slacken by such gutless attacks. He stated that he had talked to governor NN Vohra and CM Mehbooba Mufti and pledged all probable assistance from the Centre.
Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2017
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoken to Vohra and Mufti.
“Pained beyond words at the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath yatris in J&K. The attack deserves the strongest condemnation from everyone,” Modi shared.
The officials stated after the attacks that no vehicle would be permitted to carry pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra.
Terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is the most reprehensible act. My condolences to the bereaved families.(1/2)
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) July 10, 2017
“This has been done so that the yatris reach the Baltal base camp within seven hours from the tunnel. They don’t have to make a night halt midway,” the authorities stated.
Following the attacks, Jammu and Kashmir government has done “perfect planning” for the smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra.
Several security measures have been taken by the Army, CRPF, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and the Jammu and Kashmir police to protect the pilgrims.