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Here's What Happened When Terrorists Attacked The Amarnath Yatra Last Night

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| July 11 , 2017 , 12:55 IST

The famous Amarnath Yatra witnessed its worst attack since 2001 on Monday when terrorists killed 7 pilgrims and injured 19 others, in spite of the heavy security provisions in place, when the terrorists attacked an unescorted bus from Gujarat in Anantnag district on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

According to Inspector General of Police of Kashmir Range Muneer Khan, the attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims was carried out by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group and the mastermind was a Pakistani terrorist Ismail.

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The Jammu and Kashmir Police later revealed how the events of the night unfolded.

Ismail and four other terrorists, including 2 locals and 2 Pakistanis, carried out the attack at 8:20 PM when an unescorted bus bearing the registration number GJ09Z 9976 arrived on the highway.

"The attack occurred at 8.20 pm. All Yatra movement which is protected by the security forces on the highway stops at 7 pm after which no movement of pilgrims is officially allowed," said a senior police officer.

The militants first attacked a police bunker at Khanabal which was bullet-proof, then attacked a police checkpoint.

"After retaliation from the police, the militants started firing indiscriminately. The bus of pilgrims, according to police, was caught in the ambush," a police spokesman said.

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The bus of pilgrims was bringing them from north Kashmir's Baltal after they had performed the Yatra when it got caught in the cross-fire.

Due to the alertness and bravery of the bus driver, he locked the door of the bus from the inside, which stopped the terrorists from entering the bus, and he drove away.

The last major terror attack on pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra took place in 2000 when 30 persons were killed in Pahalgam.

Despite the recent terror attack, a fresh batch of 3,289 Amarnath pilgrims have embarked for the Kashmir Valley.