At least 7 Hindu pilgrims killed in shooting

In yet another case of terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, at least two Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed today and four others were left injured.

Over 1.34 lakh pilgrims have so far paid their obeisance at the holy cave after the Amarnath pilgrimage began on June 28. Thereafter the terrorists fired on a police post near Khanabal. "India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate", PM Modi tweeted after the incident.

Director General, Jammu and Kashmir Police, Munir Khan said that the attackers targeted the police and not the pilgrims.

The incident was also condemned by other political leaders including Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Digvijaya Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and others.

Security personnel stand guard after the terror attack on pilgrims on Monday.

"The Amarnath yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of our yearly rhythm", the statement said, referring to the pilgrimage.

Ministry of Home Affairs called an emergency meeting and the security was beefed up in the Jammu and Kashmir.

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Internet service in the town was suspended after the attack. As reported earlier by Mirror, this year's Yatra was being organised under the highest ever multi-tier security setup as intelligence agencies had warned that militants were planning to target 100 policemen and as many pilgrims participating in the Amarnath Yatra.

Banki Lal (59), hailing from Uttar Pradesh, died at the Baltal base camp in central Kashmir, a police official said.

He added that the bus carrying registered Amarnath yatris was part of a convoy and had crossed the attack site during the day.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Very sad news".

He said he believed the attack was in retribution for the recent killing of militants by security forces.

Senior minister in the Mehbooba Mufti-led government Nayeem Akhtar termed the attack a “dark patch in the history of Kashmir”.

Chief Minister's has directed the state administration to provide all possible security to the yatris and also give quality treatment to the injured yatris.

  • Tabitha Byrd