Friday, 21 July, 2017

At least 6 Hindu pilgrims killed in militant attack in Indian Kashmir

Militant group denies killing Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir Manipur CM, Assam Minister, social media react to Amarnath Terror attack that killed 7!
Wallace Pearson | 14 July, 2017, 00:49

Seven Hindu pilgrims, majority women, were killed Monday in a gun battle that erupted in the Indian state of Kashmir following militant attacks on police.

While returning back from the Amarnath yatra completing their pilgrimage nearly seven pilgrims lost their lives to a severe terror attack on Monday night near Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir.

Unidentified terrorists reportedly opened fire on a police vehicle at around 8 pm on July 10.

The Trump administration strongly condemned the "cowardly" terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir and vowed that the U.S. and India will together continue to fight terror threats in "every part of the world". Police sources say the rules of the pilgrimage bans buses from travelling on a highway after 7 pm for security reasons but the bus had been delayed because of a breakdown. The Amarnath terror attack has led many people from Northeast India to extend their support for the aggrieved people thereby making them stand firm against terrorism.

A political blame game broke out on Wednesday over this week's militant attack on Amarnath pilgrims, even as government forces launched a hunt for Pakistani national Abu Ismail, the alleged mastermind of the deadly assault. After the incident, the USA president Donald Trump spoke to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "These include yatri camps but if need be, the pilgrims can also be accommodated in CRPF camps or police stations/police lines", CRPF chief Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar told TOI.

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

"The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone", he added, saying he had spoken to the state's governor and chief minister to assure them of all possible help.

Kashmir, he said, has been proud of this tradition.

Massive protests were seen in the Jammu division against the attack. We have also identified the people who drove them to their spot and who brought them their weapons.

"Militancy is going to outlive its life soon as we are in the last phase of militancy", Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, said, addressing a press conference here. "The terrorist attack on Amarnath Pilgrims is outrageous", said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. This the worst attack on the annual pilgrimage since 2000.

Phagwara: Activists of Hindu organisations continue with their protest against the killing of seven Amarnath yatra pilgrims by militants, prompting the police to divert route of the two Sada-e-Sarhad Indo-Pak buses.

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