6 Yatris killed, 16 injured in Anantnag attack

6 Yatris killed, 16 injured in Anantnag attack
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Bus was coming from Baltal to Jammu, wasn’t part of pilgrim convoy, say police

Suhail Shah

Anantnag: Six Amarnath Yatris were killed and 16 others injured, at least four of them critically, in a militant attack here in Batengoo area of Anantnag district.
Police Control Room (PCR) Anantnag confirmed the killings and maintained that 16 other persons were injured in the firing. Four among the injured have been removed to Srinagar hospital while the rest are admitted in Anantnag hospital.
Police sources told Kashmir Reader that a bus, bearing number GJ-0929976, came under indiscriminate fire at Batnegoo along the Srinagar-Jammu Highway on Monday evening.
Amit Kumar who was in the bus when the attack occured told Kashmir Reader that they were returning from Baltal after performing darshan at the Amarnath cave.
The bus, as per a police handout, was on way to Jammu from Baltal, one of the two routes of the Amarnath Yatra.

The police said six of the slain Yatris succumbed on spot. The injured are being treated at different Srinagar hospitals.
Following the firing, large contingents of government forces reached the spot and the whole area was cordoned off to carry out searches.
As per police reports, there had been intelligence inputs about a possible militant attack on the annual pilgrimage.
The Srinagar-Jammu highway has been turned into a virtual fortress with hundreds of uniformed men guarding every entry and exit point on the highway.
The security was enhanced to an unprecedented level as an extra 30,000 troops were deployed to secure the Yatris.
A police statement issued in the evening said militants initially attacked a police BP bunker at Botengoo. The fire was retaliated. There was no report of injuries. Thereafter, the terrorists fired on a police naka near Khanabal. The fire was retaliated. A tourist bus was hit by bullets in which about 18 tourists were injured. Among them six persons died while the rest are being treated. The bus was on way to Jammu from Baltal and was not part of the convoy.

 

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