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J&K police blames LeT for Amarnath attack

12 July 2017

India's mainstream opposition parties are engaged in a blame game after a terror attack by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) left seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, including six women, dead in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district late on Monday. The victims included two others from Maharashtra - Nirmala Ben Thakor, a resident of Palghar, and Usha Mohanla Sonkar of Danu. The attack claimed the lives of seven pilgrims in Kashmir. The terrorists were reportedly dressed in police uniforms.

The Press Trust of India said the terrorists - it is not clear how many there were - first opened fire an armoured police auto whose occupants fired back. "The attack may be in the form of standoff fire on a yatra convoy which they believe will result in flaring of communal tension throughout the nation", the alert said.

The bus was not officially registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board for the pilgrimage and was without police escort.

In fact, then Hizbul commander Burhan Wani had past year in June issued a video claiming that Amarnath pilgrims had nothing to fear from militant groups.

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"The BJP is in power at the Centre and is also ruling Jammu and Kashmir along with the PDP".

The devotion and belief of the people going for the pilgrimage at the Amarnath caves Yatra are so strong that nothing, not even the terrorist attack on Amarnath, can shake their spirits. "In fact, words fail me to express my grief adequately", Soz said. In a statement, Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) -USA severely condemned the dastardly attack on the innocent Amarnath pilgrims. He spoke to Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and assured all possible assistance required.

This year over 35,000 security personnel including police, CRPF, SSB, ITBP, BSF and army men were deployed for Yatra duty to ensure the safe passage of Yatris and smooth conduct of yatra.

The probe into the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, the first in almost 17 years, is still in an early stage. Visiting the injured in a hospital in Anantnag, she also said that the attack is a "blot on all Muslims and Kashmiris".

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Salim showed the courage and kept driving the bus to the Khanabal turn where heavy security forces were present and by then, the night patrolling party had taken charge.

The Home Minister also spoke to the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Following the attack, the state government shut the internet services in the state to avoid any flaring up of the communal situation.

This is not the first time Amarnath pilgrims have been targeted.

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J&K police blames LeT for Amarnath attack