Terror Strikes Amarnath Yatra, 7 Pilgrims Killed In Anantnag

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| July 11 , 2017 , 07:39 IST

A total of 7 pilgrims on the Amarnath Yatra were killed in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday, with 14 others getting injured. From the casualties, 5 pilgrims were women.

A bus carrying pilgrims was attacked by militants on Monday night as it was returning from Baltal to Mir Bazar after visiting the shrine.

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According to police sources, the minibus was carrying pilgrims from Gujarat and since the bus was not officially registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board to carry out the pilgrimage, it was without a police escort.

Inspector General of Police Munir Khan claimed that the attack was aimed at security forces and not the pilgrims.

An intelligence report from June 26 stated that terrorists are planning to target at least 150 pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra this year with the intent to kill and that 100 police personnel are also likely to be 'eliminated'.

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Based on the intelligence report received from the office of the SSP Anantnag, the goal of the terrorists is to create communal tension throughout the country by attacking pilgrimages that hold significance to Hindus.

In August 2000, tragedy struck the Amarnath Yatra when a deadly attack took the lives of 30 pilgrims, which was blamed on the Lashkar-E-Taiba militant group by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.