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Terror fails to deter Amarnath pilgrims

14 July 2017, 12:49 | Cassandra Thompson

Manipur CM, Assam Minister, social media react to Amarnath Terror attack that killed 7!

Indian security force personnel stand at the site of a gun battle between Indian police and militants on Monday in which seven Hindu pilgrims were killed in south Kashmir's Anantnag district

Reportedly, the bus was neither a part of a convoy nor registered with the shrine board.

The Trump administration today strongly condemned the "cowardly" terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir and vowed that the U.S. and India will together continue to fight terror threats in "every part of the world". Jammu and Kashmir has been unrest from the past few months after a series of border attacks by the Pak troops. "These include yatri camps but if need be, the pilgrims can also be accommodated in CRPF camps or police stations/police lines", CRPF chief Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar told TOI. "Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K".

After meeting with victims at DPL, Mehbooba, visited District Hospital Anantnag to take stock of the injured and directed for providing better medical facilities to them.

Proactive operations have been launched, primarily in south Kashmir, to track down Ismail as investigations, including communication intercepts, have pointed to his involvement in the attack, he said.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the last major attack on Amarnath pilgrims occurred in 2000, when gunmen killed 30 people in the Pahalgam area, including local porters carrying pilgrim's baggage up the mountain path.

The horrendous attack has sent shock waves across the country and invited reactions from many sections of the civil society as well whereby social media was used as a tool to vent out their outrage as well as resentment on the issue.

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Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister is probing into the Jammu and Kashmir security department designated for the Amarnath pilgrimage, for what about 40,000 military personnel have been deployed to guard the routes leading to the famous shrine.

Maulana Madani further said that such kind of terrorist attacks has nothing to do with any religion and creed.

Attacking pilgrims is against Kashmiri culture and against self-interest.

"The United States strongly condemns the cowardly terrorist attack on religious pilgrims in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on July 10", the statement said. This is a yatra where people of one faith undertake the pilgrimage and the people of the other faith act as hosts.

The Trump administration has expressed concern over the "reprehensible" terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir that killed seven persons.

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