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Amarnath terror attack: Muslim community in Mumbai condemn the attack

Amarnath terror attack: Muslim community in Mumbai condemn the attack

The attack took place at around 8 p.m. local time (1430 GMT) on Monday in Botengo village in south Kashmir's Anantnag district when the pilgrims were returning from the Amarnath shrine.

Security agencies had deployed Road Opening Parties (ROPs) on the highway stretch to prevent militant attacks.

Seven pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 others were injured on Monday when terrorists resorted to indiscriminate firing at a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims in Ananatnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Rupani also said the State Government would consider recommending to the Government of India for an award to the name of the driver who, despite terror attack, drove the bus to a relatively safer place. Occupants of the SOG vehicle - which was bulletproof - reported that militants fired indiscriminately.

The attack has stirred the ire of hardline Hindu groups tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party who have long sought tough action against militants fighting Indian rule in Muslim-majority Kashmir. And seven people died today.

Seven Hindu pilgrims, a lot of them women, were killed Monday in a gun battle that erupted in the Indian state of Kashmir following militant attacks on police.

However, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has rejected such reports and stated that reports of the bus not being registered were far from the truth. Moreover, since this bus was not part of the official Amarnath Yatra tour, it did not have the escort of security forces as other vehicles do.

Separatist leaders in Kashmir condemned the attack, which they said, "goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos". He asked Shiv Sena to explain why it continued to support the BJP government when the latter failed to provide safety and security to the Amarnath pilgrims.

State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti along with senior ministers and top civil and police officials rushed to the spot to assess the situation.

Vohra earlier visited the Indian Air Force base in Srinagar and met the injured Amarnath pilgrims. This is mandatory for every pilgrim, authorities said. The terrorists who have indulged in this dastardly act have completely misread the mood of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India. Viewing the past record of the involvement of Indian secret agencies and army personnel it can not be ruled out that the bus tragedy is also a handiwork of the Indian government.