Amarnath attack: India keeps aside differences to condemn incident

Amarnath attack: India keeps aside differences to condemn incident

Politburo members said the the only way to accomplish this was by ensuring that peace and communal harmony prevails in Jammu & Kashmir as well as the rest of the country.

A special operations group vehicle was travelling on the road behind the bus but didn't stop the Gujarat-registered vehicle.

The movement of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in the Valley is strictly controlled because of the threat of militancy.

"At times, India uses Hindus of Uttar Pradesh to hide its terror face, and when it fails, they use false flag attacks against Amarnath Yatris", he claimed".

He regretted that the anarchy had led to civil unrest, clashes, shut downs, public attacks on police stations, lynching and killing of police personnel, assault on security forces, death and destruction, sympathy with the families of militants and stone pelters in Kashmir, etc. 19 others were also badly injured as terrorists targeted a private bus carrying 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag, on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, head of All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference, a political coalition opposed to the Indian rule of Kashmir, also condemned the attack. "I did not know that the call would be her last", the 58-year-old fruit seller from Dahanu said, tears welling up in his eyes. They had issued alerts to the state police, which the Inspector General of the Jammu and Kashmir police forwarded to the local police and Army formations.

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Fourteen others were wounded when the vehicle got caught up in the cross fire near the southern Anantnag town, police officers speaking to news agencies on condition to anonymity said.

The pilgrims who died were traveling on a bus carrying around 60 people - majority from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat. On 2 August 2000, the Hizbul Mujahideen killed 30 pilgrims in Anantnag district. The death of a local commander, Burhan Wani, in an encounter with a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in Anantnag on July 8 a year ago, led to major protests in Kashmir, which were followed by a state crackdown.

The police blamed the LeT militants for the attack, saying the assault was aimed at the armed forces and not at the pilgrims.

The Communist Party of India Marxist has come out with a press statement condemning the attack.

Three top separatist leaders, who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir, strongly condemned the attack and expressed "deep sorrow and grief over the killings".

Ahmad said five to six LeT terrorist were involved in the attack and it was masterminded by Pakistan-based operators of the terror outfit.

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