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Terrorists Target A Bus Carrying Amarnath Yatris In Anantnag, 7 Pilgrims Killed

Published on 11 July, 2017 at 12:16 pm By

Terrorists opened fire on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag, about 50 km away from Srinagar, leaving 7 people dead and 19 injured. The injured also includes 3 policemen. The bus had come from Sonmarg, after the pilgrims had visited the Amarnath shrine.

It is being held that the yatra bus, carrying pilgrims from Gujarat, was not registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board and was not a part of the official convoy. The bus did not even have adequate security and traveling after the hours permitted for journey, fell victim to the attack by terrorists.


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According to a report by The Times of India, terrorists initially attacked a nearby police camp in Batengoo. The police fired back, however, no injuries were reported in this attack.

After that, terrorists started firing on a police post near Khanabal and even this attack was returned. The tourist bus was the next target of the attackers in which they succeeded.

 

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti consoles terror attack victims TheIndianExpress/ Shuaib Masoodi

Sabarkantha’s superintendent of police, PL Mall said,

The bus with registration number GJ09Z9976 registered in name of Umiya Sai Travels of Idar was sold to Om Travels in Valsad. The bus which had owner Jawahar Desai’s son Harsh on board left for Amarnath pilgrimage on July 2. After offering prayers, the bus was returning back when it was attacked. The injured includes Harsh Desai.

According to central security forces, the area has presence of Hizbul Mujahideen as well as Lashker-e-Taiba. Security forces had general inputs regarding safety threat to Amarnath pilgrims, however, they did not have any specifications of possible time and place of attack. And as the bus was not a registered one, it did not have adequate security cover.


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According to reports, the official convoy of Amarnath Yatra passed the area at 7 p.m. whereas this bus, carrying 56 pilgrims, was attacked around 8:20 p.m. After the attack, the Jammu-Srinagar highway has been closed.

Condemning the attack in a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was pained beyond words and that India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate. He also offered all the help required by the state government. Here are the tweets by Modi:

Several other public figures including politicians and celebrities condemned the attack severely.


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