US Department of State, lawmakers condemn terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims

India will never be intimidated by terrorist cowards

Authorities said the bus attacked by the terrorists was moving after the security deployment was withdrawn at 7.30 p.m. and the attack had taken place at 8.20 p.m.

He continued, "The Yatra will continue. We know the direction in which the terrorists are hidden and we'll hunt them down soon", a senior police Jammu and Kashmir police official said.

Kashmir civil society protests over Yatra death. 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. "Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K".

Lashkar-e-Taiba denied any involvement in the attack, which they called "reprehensible" and "un-Islamic", according to a statement sent to local media in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Thackeray said that the attack on the pilgrims is a awful incident and such attacks on the the shrines of Hindu is only possible in India.

Welfare Party of India has strongly condemned the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, terming it a heinous crime.

Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister is probing into the Jammu and Kashmir security department designated for the Amarnath pilgrimage, for what about 40,000 military personnel have been deployed to guard the routes leading to the famous shrine.




The UK's acting High Commissioner to India, Alexander Evans, also condemned the attack.

Seven Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat were killed in the attack and 14 others were injured in the attack.

J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti summoned an emergency meeting of her cabinet to review the security situation across the state.

Twelve pilgrims were wounded in the fighting that was triggered after the militants attacked a police bunker and another police party at a checkpoint.

Still, Julie explains that many in the region fear the attack could inflame tensions over the region, which has often been riven by political and religious discord. Amarnath yatra represents faith and pilgrimage.

He also sought to deflect criticism of the government and said it must be left to the security forces and experts to find out how the attack occurred.

The latest attacks on Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district brings to mind similar attacks in the past on yatris.

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