Live Amarnath Yatra Terror attack: Seven pilgrims killed, 14 injured in Anantnag
New Delhi : In a rare attack on the Amarnath Yatra, terrorists killed seven pilgrims and injured 14 others, including policemen, when they struck at a bus carrying them in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantang district.
The bus was attacked in Batengoo around 8.20 p.m. while returning from Baltal to Mir Bazar after darshan, J&K police and CRPF said.
A CRPF statement said the bus was not part of the official yatra and not registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board. The attack took place hours after the Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed to have busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba module with the arrests of two persons, including Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.
Senior minister in the Mehbooba Mufti-led government Nayeem Akhtar termed the attack a "dark patch in the history of Kashmir". National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was quick to react and said: "The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough."
He added that such an attack was expected in spite of recent successes against militants by security forces. "The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra. In spite of recent successes against militants and unprecedented force presence," he tweeted.
On Saturday, the Amarnath yatra was suspended from Jammu due to law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley which was under curfew due to the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani. Reports from the area said the firing took place near Khanabal chowk and the firing was still on.
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Pained beyond words on dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K.The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone: PM Modi— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2017
Jammu and Kashmir: Internet services in Kashmir have been blocked, in view of tense situation in the valley.— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2017