In a shocking terror attack, Seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed and 12 injured when terrorists opened fire on yatris bus in Anantnag’s district in Jammu and Kashmir.
The bus, which was from Gujarat, was reportedly not part of the main yatra convoy and was not registered with the shrine board, the Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) said. The main yatra convoy is escorted by the CRPF which has now rushed troops to the spot.
Terrorists launched the attack on the bus at 8:20 pm. The terrorists also fired at a police party in Bantegoo area in the district, said officials.
Jammu and Kashmir minister Naeem Akhtar, condemning the attack said this is a dark patch on the history of Kashmir. “This is the first time yatris have been targeted. The crackdown against terror will continue,” he said.
The annual yatra to the holy shrine of Amarnath began from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal amidst tight security arrangements including satellite-tracking on June 29.
Over 1.34 lakh pilgrims have so far paid their obeisance at the holy cave after the Amarnath pilgrimage began on June 28.
Lord Shiva’s cave shrine is located at a distance of 46 km’s from Pahalgam and 14 km’s from Baltal. The pilgrimage is scheduled to conclude on Shravan Purnima on August 7.
There are two routes for Amarnath yatra – the traditional Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and Baltal.