7 Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims Killed In Terrorist Attack
On Monday, three terrorists attacked a police vehicle and when the police fired back, terrorists targeted a bus and 7 Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims Killed In Terrorist Attack. This year, Amarnath Yatra is being conducted under tight security with intelligence inputs warning of a terror attack. Beside’s all the efforts to stop terrorism, terrorist opened fire on a bus with the pilgrims returning after visiting the holy shrine located in a narrow gorge at the end of a valley nearly 50 km from Pahalgam. The attack took 7 lives and 32 were injured. Is this a big govt failure or what???
Statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stated that, “This is an assault on our values and traditions which we hold dear. We will leave no stone unturned to root out the perpetrators of this heinous crime.” She visited the injured at a hospital in Anantnag.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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 and the evil designs of hate.”
Here’s Some Unrevealed Facts About the Attack
The bus that was targeted by the terrorists was registered in Gujarat. According to a Police sources, the bus had broken the rules of the pilgrimage which bans buses from travelling on a highway after 7 pm for security reasons. The bus had apparently crushed down, delaying their return.
Reportedly, the bus was also not part of the official tour for the Yatra and this indicates that the bus was not provided with the customary police protection.
The Press Trust of India said it is not clear how many terrorists were there and they first opened fire an armoured police car whose occupants fired back. Terrorists then targeted a bus when they were firing indiscriminately.
A passenger said, “We were sleeping when the firing started from both the sides. We don’t know how many people were there,”
Reportedly, before that, the same terrorists had opened fire on a security checkpost just 600 metres from where the bus was attacked. Usually the journey begins from Jammu, which is 200 km from the shrine. The 40-day-long Yatra to the cave of Amarnath high in the mountains of South Kashmir started on 28th June.
The location was secured with world-class security including a satellite tracking system and about 40,000 troops to guard the pilgrims and their route. The security cover for the Yatra includes soldiers from paramilitary forces, the army, the Border Security Force and the Jammu and Kashmir police.
If reports are to be believed, a letter from a top police officer to other security officials warned of an intelligence alert stated that “terrorists have been directed to eliminate 100 to 150 pilgrims and about 200 police officers and officials.” The letter motioned that the attack could target a Yatra convoy “which they believe will result in flaring of communal tensions throughout the nation.” The letter said further corroboration of the intel input was required.
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