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Couldn't Save 7, But Saved 50: Bus Driver Saleem Turns Saviour In Amarnath Attack

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| July 11 , 2017 , 14:33 IST

We often think that we will be brave in the face of danger, but would we really be?

Saleem, the driver of the bus that was attacked by terrorists while on the Amarnath Yatra, faced danger and emerged a saviour for the passengers. After the terrorists, allegedly of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, attacked a police vehicle and shot at a check-post, they shot at the bus that passed their way.

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In a moment of quick thinking, Saleem made sure that the doors to the bus were locked and drove right through as the terrorists continued firing. Since he had locked the doors, the terrorists were not able to enter the bus, and Saleem was able to drive away. In the incident, 7 pilgrims were killed and 19 others were wounded, but the remaining nearly 50 passengers in the bus were saved.

The bus had been delayed due to a flat tire, as a result of which it was traveling later than the advised times.

"He told me that he did not stop there when terrorists fired, he only looked for a safer spot for pilgrims," said Javed.

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"He couldn't save seven lives but managed to move 50 people to a safe place. I am proud of him," added Javed.

One of the injured at the Anantnag district hospital described the incident," There was firing from all three sides. Kept on and on for several minutes. Our driver managed to take the bus a few kilometers ahead. He saved us."

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani lauded the bravery of the driver and also said that he would nominate the Amarnath bus driver for a bravery award.

"We want to thank the bus driver who saved many lives amid heavy firing. The Gujarat government will nominate Salim for the bravery award with the central government," Rupani told media. 

The terrorist attack of Monday marks the worst attack on the Amarnath Yatra in recent years.