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Intelligence Agencies Had Warned J&K Police Of A Possible Terror Attack On Amarnath Pilgrims

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4:52 pm 12 Jul, 2017

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The Jammu and Kashmir police were warned 15 days before the attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

Intelligence agencies had warned the state police of a possible terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims two weeks before the attack took place. They had warned the police, CRPF and IB authorities on June 25 at Chandigarh that the terrorists will target Amarnath Yatra this year.

 

They had also asked the police to ensure that all the buses complied with the timings and run during daylight hours. In the alert, it was mentioned that the SSP of Anantnag had received secret information that the terrorists were ordered to kill 100-150 pilgrims and at least 100 police personnel.

J&K Police IG, Munir Khan, mentioned this alert while meeting senior police officials from Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and J&K. Majority of the pilgrims come from these states in northern India. On Monday, terrorists attacked a bus which had 60 pilgrims in it. Seven were killed on their return journey from Amarnath.


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The incident happened on Monday evening when a bus was permitted to run in the evening. The bus had left Srinagar for Vaishnao Devi at 4.30 pm. Vaishnao Devi, another holy site for Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir, is situated 250 km away from Srinagar and it takes five to six hours to reach Katra. The bus was ferrying the pilgrims and had to be stopped to change a flat tire on the highway. The terrorists attacked the bus and killed seven people.

 

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