The terrorists attacked an armoured police vehicle shortly before 8.30 p.m. and the police returned fire. When this incident took place, a bus carrying pilgrims, who were returning from the Amarnath shrine, was there on the highway. The terrorists fired at the bus before they fled from the scene killing seven pilgrims and injuring many others.
According to the police, there is a strict rule that no bus carrying pilgrims should be on the highway after 7 p.m.
Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone. India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks & the evil designs of hate. – Prime Minister Narendra Modi
India will never be intimidated by these terrorist cowards. I share the pain & anguish of families who lost loved ones in the terror attack on innocent Amarnath Yatris today. This is a grave & unacceptable security lapse. The PM needs to accept responsibility and never allow it to happen again. – Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi
I have no words to express my deep pain on the killing of innocent pilgrims traveling to the holy shrine of Amarnath. It is a henious act. Cowards responsible for this barbaric act will not be spared. – Amit Shah, BJP President
Terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is the most reprehensible act. My condolences to the bereaved families. – Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley
Every right thinking Kashmiri must today condemn the killing of the Amarnath yatris. – Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah