Amarnath attack: Rajnath holds security meet

Live Updates Amarnath attack carried out by LeT masterminded by Pak terrorist Ismail IG Kashmir

The curfew had been placed over the weekend in anticipation of an attack to mark the anniversary.

On July 20, 2001, 13 people were killed in Amarnath as a militant hurdled two grenades and later opened fire at the pilgrims near Sheshnag, one of the highest stops on the way to Amarnath cave, reports said. I have no words to condemn it. Besides, internet services have also been suspended in the region with the BSNL broadband service being the sole service in operation with a certain speed. The attack on Yatra pilgrims came two days after the death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Pilgrims are recommended to visit the official site of the Amarnath Board Shrine to get the list of Do's and Dont's for the pilgrims. "Future security must be beefed up so that such things do not recur", he said. "Troops of 90 Bn & 40 battalion of the CRPF were rushed to the spot", said a senior CRPF official, according to news agency, PTI. He said investigations have been launched into the attack and a few people have been detained for questioning.

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir were engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse for almost three days before militants from the Lashkar-e-Taiba gunned down seven pilgrims returning from the Amarnath shrine in Anantnag district of Kashmir on July 10 night.

After the barbaric attack on Amarnath pilgrims last night in Anantnag, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today took stock of the security situation in the Kashmir Valley and asked soldiers to keep up the pressure on terrorists.

At least seven Hindu pilgrims have been killed and 19 others wounded after the bus they were traveling in became caught in crossfire in Indian administered Kashmir, police have confirmed.

This is not the first time that Amarnath pilgrims have been attacked by the terrorists.

Some Indian media quoted the Kashmir police chief blaming pro-Pakistan militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been involved in a number of deadly attacks in India.

Both in Delhi and in Srinagar, high-level review meetings were held.

As terrorists sprinkled the bus with gunfire, the man from Gujarat's Valsad showed exemplary grit and presence of mind as he kept driving even though the owner of the vehicle lay soaked in blood beside him, having taken three bullets.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee have also strongly condemned the incident.

Separatist leaders in Kashmir condemned the attack, which they said, "goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos".

"My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones in the attack in J&K". My prayers with the injured.

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