Sevan Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 12 injured when terrorists opened fire at a patrol vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway on Monday night. A police official said the vehicle came under fire at Anantnag’s Batengo area around 8.30 p.m.
According to The Hindu Report, six pilgrims were killed in the attack and one died of injuries in hospital
The attack took place when quick response teams of the Army had withdrawn from the highway around sunset, making the vehicle vulnerable.
“A mini-bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims also got hit in the militant fire,” said the police official.
Batengo is a small stopover at Khanabal with sparse population and large swathes of fields.
I have no words to express my deep pain on the killing of innocent pilgrims traveling to the holy shrine of Amarnath. It is a henious act.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 10, 2017
I share the pain & anguish of families who lost loved ones in the terror attack on innocent Amarnath Yatris today
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 10, 2017
Strongly condemn attack on Amarnath Yatris in J & K ; grieve the loss of innocent lives #PresidentMukherjee
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