LeT module that attacked Amarnath pilgrims had four members: JK police

Emilio Banks
July 14, 2017

A paramilitary security personnel keeping vigil as a convoy of Amaranth pilgrims leave for Kashmir on the outskirts of Jammu.

Condemnation against the Amarnath attack has continued to pour in from the worldwide community. The bus was registered as part of the convoy of pilgrimage buses for the onward journey through Baltal base camp, but did not register for the return journey.

Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador to New Delhi deplored the attack on Amarnath pilgrims and said it condemned all acts of terrorism. This attacks is likely to further deepen the already widening divide between Kashmir and Jammu as it will pit a Hindu majority Jammu against the Muslim majority Kashmir.

Since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 1,46,692 yatris have paid obeisance at the cave shrine. Thereafter the terrorists fired on a police picket near Khannabal.

In August 2000, a camp of Amarnath yatris had been attacked. The Jammu - Srinagar highway has been covered with security troops and strict orders have been imposed for the security troops to attack the terrorists if any attacks have been located.

A political blame game broke out on Wednesday over this week's militant attack on Amarnath pilgrims, even as government forces launched a hunt for Pakistani national Abu Ismail, the alleged mastermind of the deadly assault.

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The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 6 lakh to the next of kin killed in the attack.

Over the past 18 years, at least 52 Amarnath pilgrims have been killed in five terrorist attacks.

"The terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is reprehensible and must be condemned", Rep Ted Poe (R-TX 2 District) tweeted.

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". "India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate".

"An attack on religious freedom is an attack on the most fundamental right of liberty", a White House statement said. The attack was condemned by other leaders as well.

Seven Hindu pilgrims, majority women, were killed in a gunbattle that erupted in Indian Kashmir on Monday following two militant attacks on police, stoking outrage and protests nationwide.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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