New Delhi: Seven pilgrims on the Amarnath Yatra including six women were killed on Monday in a terror attack in Anantnag at about 8:30 pm. At least 19 people were injured in one the worst terror strikes in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Terrorists opened fire on a bus with the pilgrims who were returning after visiting the holy shrine that is located in a narrow gorge at the end of a valley nearly 50 km from Pahalgam.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack. “This is an assault on our values and traditions which we hold dear,” she said. “We will leave no stone unturned to root out the perpetrators of this heinous crime.” Home Minister Rajnath Singh also assured Mufti and Governor NN Vohra of total assistance from the Centre.
Munir Khan, a senior police officer in Kashmir, said it appeared to be a revenge attack after a major Lashkar unit was busted in the Valley a day before.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the “dastardly attack”. “India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks & evil designs of hate,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in the region. The authorities have blocked internet services in Kashmir. The police are also conducting checks on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur.
The Amarnath yatra had been suspended from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu keeping in mind Burhan Wani’s first death anniversary. The yatra, however, continued from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Kashmir.