NEW DELHI: Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 11 others injured in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said on Monday.
The pilgrims were travelling in a bus which was caught in the crossfire after terrorists attacked police patrol party.
“A group of heavily armed terrorists today attacked police parties in Batengoo and Khanabal area of the district (Anantnag). Unfortunately, a pilgrim bus was caught in the crossfire leading to the death of six yatris and injuring 12 others,” Munir Khan, IGP Kashmir, said.
The security forces said the bus was not registered with shrine board and the driver had flouted rules for the pilgrimage which states “no vehicle should be on highway after 7pm”.
The bus was neither a part of convoy nor registered with shrine board, a senior CRPF official said, adding, “troops of of 90 Bn and 40 Bn CRPF have been rushed to the spot.”
According to initial reports, the killed pilgrims were from Gujarat and were returning after paying obeisance at the shrine.