Update: Attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims: Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti.
J&K: Troops of 90 battalion & 40 battalion CRPF had been rushed to the the #Anantnag terror attack site. Pilgrims belong to Gujarat.
Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2017
Update: Jammu and Kashmir: Internet services in Kashmir have been blocked, in view of tense situation in the valley (ANI).
Update: Security beefed up on Jammu-Srinagar highway following terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag, reports ANI.
Update: Police confirms death of seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in terror attack in Anantnag, 15 injured.
Update: NSA Ajit Doval rushes to South Block control room; senior MHA and MoD officials present.
Srinagar: Six Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed and 12 injured when terrorists opened fire on a bus they were travelling in this evening in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The bus was reportedly not a part of the main yatra convoy and was not registered with the shrine board. The main yatra convoy is escorted by the Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF, which has now rushed troops to the spot.
The terrorists also fired at a police party in Bantigoo area in the district. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured. (sic)”
The annual yatra to the holy shrine of Amarnath began from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal amidst tight security arrangements on June 29. Over 6,000 pilgrims were allowed to move towards the shrine from north Kashmir’s Baltal base camp while 5,000 pilgrims proceeded from the traditional south Kashmir Pahalgam route.
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 10, 2017
Around 1.2 lakh pilgrims have registered themselves this year. Among the security arrangements for the 45-day pilgrimage are a satellite tracking system, drones, mobile bunker vehicles and road opening parties (ROPs) along the entire route from Jammu to Pahalgam and Baltal.
The Centre has provided an additional 40,000 paramilitary forces to assist the state government for a peaceful conduct of the Yatra.