According to The Republic, a terror attack on Amarnath Yatris has left at least two dead and nine injured in Anantnag.
Reports are coming in on social media that a terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris has left at least two dead and four injured. According to reports, police were escorting a group of pilgrims when terrorists opened fire on them.
The attack took place in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday. The terrorists also attacked a police party in Bantigoo area, according to reports.
The attack came hours after the Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed to have busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba module with the arrests of two persons, including Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah reacted to the attack saying: “the attack cannot be condemned strongly enough.” Omar wrote on Twitter, “Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured.”
No other details were immediately available.
Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m, about 141 km from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town. The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism, and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims. Thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on challenging mountainous terrain to see an ice stalagmite formed inside the cave.