Amarnath Yatra to continue, PM Narendra Modi monitoring situation: Jitendra Singh

Nick Sanchez
July 14, 2017

It appears the bus in question was not registered with the authorities running the pilgrimage, and was not a part of the pilgrims' convoy for which tight security was provided. "Amarnath Yatra Attack", many posted this photo message on social media.

"The bus was on way to Jammu from Baltal and was not part of the convoy".

The Trump administration today strongly condemned the "cowardly" terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir and vowed that the USA and India will together continue to fight terror threats in "every part of the world". Jammu and Kashmir government made all the arrangements of flying the injured out by the first morning flight.

Since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 1,46,692 yatris have paid obeisance at the cave shrine.

"Terrorists fired on a police checkpoint and the fire was returned".

In August 2000, a camp of Amarnath yatris had been attacked.

"The terrorists are frustrated at the back-to-back losses suffered by them during counter-insurgency operations over the past month or so and have now resorted to attacking civilians and tourists", he said.

"The terrorist attack on Amarnath Pilgrims is outrageous", wrote Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18 District).

He also said, "Anything that happens in Kashmir finds echo across the country".

The attack breaks an unspoken code of not harming the pilgrims, and, therefore, the state's tourism-dependant economy, and is a signal that Pakistan is upping the ante, added Gurmeet Kanwal, defence expert at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis.

"The terrorists probably got to know that the bus was carrying Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat and chose to attack it", the official said.

The White House on Wednesday strongly condemned the "cowardly" attack on Amarnath pilgrims and said that USA and India will continue to fight together against terrorist threats in every part of the world.

"An attack on religious freedom is an attack on the most fundamental right of liberty", a White House statement said. Seven persons were killed in the attack carried out by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

German Ambassador Martin Ney in his message said he strongly condemned the terrorist attack on behalf of his government.

The Amarnath yatra was targeted in 2001 when terrorists had struck in the Sheshnag area close to the holy cave of Amarnath, killing 13 people.

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