At least seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening.
“Seven Amarnath yatris killed as militants open fire in Anantnag in Kashmir,” PTI reported quoting sources
As per initial reports, terrorists attacked a police party in Anantnag in South Kashmir injuring several policemen in Bantigoo area.
The Amarnath yatra was resumed from Jammu on Sunday after a day-long suspension due to apprehensions of bad law-and-order situation in the Valley.
A total of 29,705 pilgrims and sadhus have left the Jammu base camp for the cave shrine since the 40-day yatra began on June 28.
Fourteen persons, including a security officer, have died during the pilgrimage this year.
The pilgrimage is scheduled to conclude on the Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 7.
The cave shrine is located at a distance of 46 kms from Pahalgam and 14 kms from Baltal
Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across the Valley.
The authorities clamped a curfew in three towns of the Kashmir Valley, including Tral, and imposed restrictions on the movement of people in the rest of the Valley to foil the separatists’ plan to take out a rally to mark the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani.
Over 1.34 lakh pilgrims have so far paid their obeisance to the cave-shrine of Lord Shiva, located at an altitude of 3,888 metres in the Himalayas in South Kashmir.