At least two pilgrims undertaking the Amarnath Yatra were killed and many other seriously injured after a group of terrorists opened fire at the bus carrying the pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir?s Anantnag district.
Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra Singh condemned the attack, IANS reported.
The annual yatra to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas began from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal amidst tight security arrangements on June 29.
Immediately after the militant attack, police, CRPF and army men and officials reached the spot to take stock of the situation.
The militants first attacked a police armored vehicle, and the officers in the vehicle returned fire, a police statement said. "India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate".
He tweeted, "Strongly condemn terror attack". CRPF chief Rajeev Bhatnagar said, "The bus was not part of the official convoy".
Ministry of Home Affairs called an emergency meeting and the security was beefed up in the Jammu and Kashmir. "He also concealed weapons looted from police guards in a vehicle and shifted them to different locations on the directions of LeT", he said.
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Modi said he has spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and assured all assistance. "The terrorists are under pressure to show their worth and found an easy target in the Amarnath yatris", said a top intelligence functionary. The bus was carrying pilgrims back from Baltal after performing the yatra.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra". State minister Naeem Akhtar said, " First time pilgrims have been targeted and this is a dark chapter in Kashmir's history".
Sources said there were general inputs regarding a threat to Amarnath yatris, but no specific input indicating the time or place of a possible attack. The injured also included several policemen.
The militants also carried out two attacks on security forces in the area.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was quick to react and said: "The attack can not be condemned strongly enough".