Srinagar: Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including 5 women, were killed in a terrorist attack in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir tonight.
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
It has become a daily ritual…..I condemn the killing of people anywhere and everywhere….Innocent victims of hate…..Nothing can replace the life of a human being….The monsters who kill come in all shades, shapes and colours….There is absolutely no justification for any killing anywhere other than in legitimate self defence or to protect the life and physical integrity of others…..The killing of pilgrims adds an additional level of horror to the monstruous crime…..I am one with the families of the victims….to whom I offer my condolences….Efforts must be made by the authorities to give additional protection to pilgrims venturing into troubled areas….