Amarnath Yatra attack LIVE updates: World condemns terror attack on pilgrims

Jitendra Singh, Hansraj Ahir , Jammu and Kashmir, Amarnath yatra,
Working to improve security situation, overcome security lapses in J&K: Government

A terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims on Monday night claimed seven lives including six women, while 12 including three policemen were injured in Anantnag along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in south Kashmir.

Here are the LIVE updates: 

15:05 

US condemns the terror attack on pilgrims

We deplore the attack on Amarnath pilgrims and condemn all acts of terrorism. Deepest condolences to the families of those affected: US ambassador to India

15:00 Schoolchildren take part in a vigil staged in Ahmedabad today, following an attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir.

14:27 

Germany condemns terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris

Germany resolutely stands by India in the fight against terrorism and extremism, said the German Ambassador to India

God gave me the strength to fight such a situation: Bus driver of Amarnath pilgrims

God gave me the strength to fight the terrorists, said bus driver Salim Sheikh, whose vehicle came under attack in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night. “God gave me the strength, he gave me the strength to save lives. All of a sudden they (terrorists) started firing on us, but I kept on driving and did not stop,” said Sheikh.

14:21 

Vice President Hamid Ansari expressed shock at attack on Amarnath pilgrims

In his message, he condoled the families of the deceased and said perpetrators of such “wanton” acts of violence should be punished for the “crime against humanity”.

He said India remains united in the face of such attacks. “I’m shocked to learn of the dastardly terrorist attack on Amarnath yatra in Jammu and Kashmir which has resulted in loss of lives and injuries to pilgrims,” he said.

“Such wanton acts of violence can have no justification. The perpetrators and those who support and shelter them should be punished for this crime against humanity,” Mr Ansari said.

14:05 They have attacked the Kashmiriyat of India. Innocent bhajan singing devotees were killed. Security forces are taking action: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

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14:00 Army Chief General Bipin Rawat arrives in Srinagar to review security situation.

13:10 People from Gujarat who have lost lives will get Rs 10 lakh each from Gujarat Govt, injured to be given Rs 2 lakh: Vijay Rupani, Gujarat CM

11:00 Actor Anupam Kher reacts to the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen behind Amarnath terror strike

LeT joined Hizbul Mujaheedin to carry out this deadly operation in Anantnag. Pakistani mastermind namely Abu Ismail was behind the attack. Abu Ismail was helped by 2 more Pakistani terrorists and 2 local aides.

10:45 Delhi on high alert post-terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

10:30 Rajnath Singh chairs meeting to review security in Jammu and Kashmir post-terror attack.

10:15 Indian Air Force C-130 (Hercules) aircraft to carry the mortal remains of Amarnath yatris from Srinagar to Surat airport at 12.00 pm.

10:00 J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pays homage to victims.

9:33 Jammu and Kashmir Mehooba Mufti calls for an emergency cabinet meeting.

9:25 This is a matter of serious security lapse on the part of Government and security forces: RS Surjewala, Congress

9:20 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh calls meeting 9:45 am to review Jammu and Kashmir security post attack on pilgrims.

9:14 Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu tweets, “Pained and shocked by the cowardice of terrorists in attacking innocent #AmarnathPilgrims. My prayers with the victims.”

9:10 Officials from the Home Ministry, including MoS Hansraj Ahir and JS Kashmir Gyaneshwar Kumar will visit Srinagar today to take stock of the situation.

9:07 The Uttar Pradesh government is taking stringent measures to ensure safety and security of pilgrims who depart on the Kanwar Yatra today. In a high-level emergency meeting last night, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath personally reviewed the security situation in the state with Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar, Director General of Police, Sulkhan Singh and ADG (law and order) Anand Kumar. He directed them to remain vigilant ahead of the month-long religious yatra.

9:00 Strongly condemn attack on Amarnath Yatris in J&K; grieve the loss of innocent lives, tweets President Mukherjee.

8:52 Trade bodies and other organisations including the VHP, Bajrang Dal, NC, Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party have called for a complete shutdown in the state today. Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rakesh Gupta appealed to the people to join the protest, peacefully, in memory of the Amarnath victims.

8:45 A high-level meeting is scheduled to take place at 9.45 am at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence. Separately, J&K Governor N N Vohra has also called a meeting in Srinagar to assess the situation.

8:40 Separatist leaders in the Valley have comdemned the attack. In a joint statement, top leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, “expressed deep sorrow and grief over the killing of Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag today and strongly condemned it”. “This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos”, they added. The leadership is expected to meet today to discuss the situation.
Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told The Indian Express, “It (the attack) has deeply saddened everybody. The people and the leadership of Kashmir strongly condemn this attack on the yatris. For us, the pilgrims are and will always be respected guests.”

8:25 The victims, both deceased and injured, will be airlifted to New Delhi today in a special BSF aircraft. “The dead and the injured pilgrims will be shifted to Srinagar tonight. They will then be airlifted to New Delhi in a special BSF aircraft at 7:30 AM tomorrow,” J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said.

The deceased were identified as Hasuben Ratilal Patel, Surkhaben, Patal Lakshmiben, Ratan Zeena Bhai Patel and Praja Pati Champa Ben from Gujarat and Usha Mohan Lal Sonkar and Thakur Nirmala Bharat from Maharashtra.

8:22 Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who called the attack “a crime against humanity”, calls for decisive action against its perpetrators. “The attack on the devotees of Lord Shiva is a crime against humanity. The entire nation is in shock,” she said in a statement.

8:15 Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reacts to the attack, says Maharashtra strongly condemns the cowardly attack in J&K. “Our deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” he adds.

Reacting to the incident former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister “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. He further added “The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra. In spite of recent successes against militants & unprecedented force presence,”

Meanwhile, Narendra Modi condemned the terror attack and tweeted:

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also tweeted:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also condemned the attack and tweeted:

Congress party also tweeted:

Meanwhile, actor Akshay Kumar also tweeted saying “Angry and sad…prayers for all those affected”:

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