Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Police claim bus driver carrying pilgrims violated plying hours

Amarnath Yatra terror attack: The bus had come from Sonamarg as the pilgrims were on their way back after visiting the Amarnath shrine. In the wake of fresh attacks, internet services in Kashmir have been blocked.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 10, 2017 10:50 pm
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Hours after seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and as many people were injured in a dastardly terrorist attack in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police claimed that the bus driver carrying the yatris had violated rules for the pilgrimage, which prohibits yatra vehicle to ply on a highway after 7 pm.

A police official stated that the militants launched an attack on an armoured car of the police at 8.20 pm and when the police fired back, they fled, firing indiscriminately. A bus carrying pilgrims was on the highway when the incident occurred. “In the firing by militants, seven people, five of them women, were killed, and another seven injured,” the official added.

The bus had come from Sonamarg as the pilgrims were on their way back after visiting the Amarnath shrine. In the wake of fresh attacks, internet services in Kashmir have been blocked.

According to PTI, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called up J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor N N Vohra over terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims. Condemning the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that he was “pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K.”

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The attack took place hours after the Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed to have busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba module with the arrests of two persons, including Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar.

Reacting to the incident, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said: “the attack cannot be condemned strongly enough.” Omar wrote on Twitter, “Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured.”

Earlier, the Amarnath yatra was suspended from Jammu due to the tense law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley for the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani.

With PTI inputs

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    Ozair Akhtar
    Jul 11, 2017 at 3:30 am
    Extremely sad. What has happened to mankind even animals don't harm their brethren. Please! Show humanity. The Qur'an says "killing one man is like killing entire humanity and saving a life is like saving entire humanity " , therefore those who believe in humanity please cone forward and let humanity prevail over hate.
    1. X
      Jul 11, 2017 at 12:55 am
      Old rusty dusty book iz full of Midevil ideaz, meant for mideast region, for warring factions, for over thousand years before scenario. Not valid for todays advanced planet. Not valid for tomorrowz futuristic society. Ban this old book and JUST Get another valid book.
      1. D
        Jul 11, 2017 at 12:26 am
        Victims of Feku s cow politics.
        1. R
          Jul 11, 2017 at 12:58 am
          Paedophile fake prophet's hateful teachings is the culprit
          1. D
            Jul 11, 2017 at 1:26 am
            isme main bhi dusre pe blame daldo . kis type ko aadmi ho yaar? kabhi sheeshe main bhi jhaank lo.
          2. R
            Jul 11, 2017 at 12:02 am
            The hateful ideology preached by a fake prophet of 7th century is root cause of all these problems of the world. Some people were forced to convert, some were brainwashed to follow this hateful ideology. Everybody should go through the hate manual to know why some s turn into bloodthirsty monkeys. Don't be politically correct. Political correctness preventing us saying the truths about the ideology of hate, about the sins lies preached by the biggest liar of the world ever seen. That liar committed and inspired his blind followers to commit the cruelest atrocities on people who were not believer of his lies.
            1. C
              Jul 10, 2017 at 11:51 pm
              Now there will be no candles light walk. No black band to show protest. Because no Muslim is ataked. I think Hindus should start wearing Lungi and pray to Allah.
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                ak dev
                Jul 10, 2017 at 11:24 pm
                Armarnath pilgrims should use the Gogoi idea by tiding a sickular to front of the bus.
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                  M Barbara Willy
                  Jul 10, 2017 at 11:22 pm
                  Please, Please remove our email address from your file.
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                    Syed Ahmed
                    Jul 10, 2017 at 11:19 pm
                    Wrong will always be wrong, killing innocent people is cruelty and immoral.
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