The US condemns cowardly killing of pilgrims during Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir

The US condemns cowardly killing of pilgrims during Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir

The US condemns cowardly killing of pilgrims during Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir

"The bus of pilgrims, according to police, was caught in the ambush", a police spokesman said.

Amarnath yatra happens once in a year and thousands of tourists make it for the yatra despite of tough climatic conditions and terror smells.

The annual summer pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine, which began June 29 under heavy security, has been targeted in the past.

Deciphering the details of Amarnath Pilgrims attack, the Security agencies on Wednesday said the attack on the bus was carried by four militants out of two were locals. At least 19 people were injured in one the worst terror strikes in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This wanton killing of pilgrims, or groups at prayer, marks a first for India, although terrorist groups in some of our neighbouring countries and farther afield have not flinched from such depraved actions.

In August 2000, a camp of Amarnath yatris had been attacked.

The victims were travelling from Srinagar to Jammu when they were attacked.

Srinagar/Jammu: Undeterred by the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, 22,633 devotees on Tuesday embarked on the pilgrimage amid stepped up security measures.

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"There is adequate suspicion of Pakistan and PoK-based worldwide terrorist Syed Salahuddin, Chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC), also being involved in masterminding the terror attack", he said.

"Let us unambiguously and emphatically show solidarity towards those killed and demand a credible investigation against this and all other crimes perpetrated in Jammu and Kashmir", he said.

The White House on Wednesday strongly condemned the "cowardly" attack on Amarnath pilgrims and said that United States and India will continue to fight together against terrorist threats in every part of the world.

The terrorist attack on pilgrims has brought Kashmir to critical crossroads.

Asked whether there was a security lapse, the Union minister said that he would not like to engage in that kind of a debate or discussion "on an issue as sensitive as this". "Religion is a fundamental right and human right #AmarnathYatra #ReligiousFreedom", she tweeted.

Attacks on shrines - Muslim or Hindu - and pilgrims are met with deep disapproval in the Valley.

Jammu: Internet services, which were suspended in Jammu region after a terror attack in which seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed, have been restored after 36 hours.

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