Seven killed and a dozen injured in Amarnath Yatra terror attack

Terror struck the Amarnath Yatra as at least seven pilgrims were killed and over a dozen injured when a bus carrying them came under fire from terrorists in southern Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday evening.

There are conflicting reports in the media, with one of them saying that as many as 32 people were injured in the fresh Amarnath Yatra terrorist attack.

Usually, there is good enough security cover provided by authorities for the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, but the bus in question has been reported to have been an unregistered one and therefore was not part of the official yatra convoy.

The pilgrims hailed from Gujarat with the terror attack on the Amarnath Yatra bus occurring at about 20:20 at a place near Batengoo and Khanabal, which is only 50km from state capital Srinagar.

Pilgrims carrying out the Amarnath Yatra

Pilgrims carrying out the Amarnath Yatra. Photo courtesy of Nittin sain/Wikipedia.org.

According to media reports, a police bunker at Botengo was first attacked by the terrorists around 20:15 which was retaliated by the security forces. The tourist bus on the Amarnath Yatra was apparently caught in the crossfire near Khanabal where terrorists targeted a police naka leaving six women dead.

As per reports on the Amarnath Yatra terror attack, the bus was travelling from Baltal to Jammu when it came under the bullets of jihadis.

It is learnt that there was no security presence in the affected area as the Amarnath Yatra had laid out rules asking for yatris to register themselves and their vehicles to get adequate security cover. It had also issued an advisory asking the pilgrims to start early from the shrine and reach their respective bases by sunset which wasn’t the case with the bus carrying pilgrims from Gujarat.

As a result, Monday’s terror attack was the worst Amarnath Yatra terror attack since 17 years when 30 people were killed in Pahalgam by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the Amarnath Yatra terror attack saying that the country will not be bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of the terrorists.

Narendra Modi also tweeted: “Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone.

“My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones in the attack in J&K. My prayers with the injured.”

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