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Attack on Amarnath yatris most reprehensible act: Arun Jaitley

Attack on Amarnath yatris most reprehensible act: Arun Jaitley

In the worst terror attack on Amarnath Yatra, at least six pilgrims were killed and several others injured when terrorists attacked a bus carrying the pilgrims in Bontengoo near Anantnag.

The police and top government sources said the bus driver had violated rules for the pilgrimage, which state that no yatra vehicle should be on the highway after 7 pm as the security cover is withdrawn after that, as per PTI.

According to an Indian Express report, the attack took place hours after the Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed, that they busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba module with the arrests of two persons, including Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

The injured have been moved to a hospital, and they were in stable condition, the police said.

Bhatnagar said the bus was not registered with the Amarnath Yatra Shrine Board.

Mirror had earlier reported about the purported threat to the Amarnath yatris. Majority have been rushed to hospital and are being treated for injuries. A police official said the vehicle came under fire at Anantnag's Batengo area around 8.30 p.m. The fire was retaliated. When the police fired back, the militants fled, firing indiscriminately, the official said. This led to the higher casualty rate, the police also said.

Hardline Hindu groups linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party have long wanted to see tough action against the armed revolt against Indian rule in the Muslim-majority region.

"Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone", Modi tweeted.

"My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones in the attack in J&K. We must pray for those injured", Abdullah told NDTV. "I have spoken to the Governor and Chief Minister of J&K and assured all possible assistance required". "How did the situation in Kashmir come to this?" "The entire nation is in shock", she said in a statement.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday condemned the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, calling it the "most reprehensible act". "Very sad news. The attack can not be condemned strongly enough. My prayers with the injured", he tweeted. My condolences to the bereaved families,"he tweeted".

# Traffic has been suspended on Jammu-Srinagar Highway.

Kashmir has been tense this past week amid anticipation of violence on the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8 a year ago.

This year, 30,000 additional troops have been deployed to ensure smooth and secure conduct of annual pilgrimage.

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