Lashkar behind terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims


New Delhi: The terror attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims on Monday was carried out by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the mastermind was a Pakistani terrorist, Abu Ismail.

Seven pilgrims, most of them women, were killed on Monday night in Jammu and Kashmir when terrorists opened fire on a bus returning from the Amarnath shrine. At least 20 more people were injured in one of the worst terror strikes in the state.

The pilgrims’ bus was surrounded on three sides by the terrorists near a security checkpost at Anantnag and fired at. The same terrorists had first fired at an armoured police car around 8:30 pm on Monday.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called a meeting to review security in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, on Tuesday morning, more than 3,000 pilgrims headed for Amarnath, many of them saying nothing would stop them from completing their pilgrimage.

About 100,000 pilgrims have already completed the journey to the Amarnath shrine that began late last month and is due to end in late August. The journey begins from Jammu, which is 200 km from the shrine.


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