Amarnath terror attack: Centre satisfied with beefed up security for pilgrims

Amarnath Yatra Terror Attack

In the Jammu region of Kashmir, which is dominated by Hindus, hundreds of protesters shouted angry slogans against the militants and burned a faceless effigy meant to represent both terrorism and Pakistan, which India blames for supporting the rebels.

"Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K".

Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a release, strongly condemned the terrorist attack and expressed its condolences.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condemned the attack in the strongest terms. "My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones in the attack in [the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir]".

"They fired more than 150 rounds before escaping through a maze of lanes and bylanes", said an officer. He spoke to Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and assured all possible assistance required. Cheif Minister Vijay Rupani also added that the government will take care the treatment and medical costs of the injured.

"They have vindicated our faith in everything that India stands for, Jammu and Kashmir stands for", said the Union Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Salahuddin has openly admitted to carrying out attacks against India, including on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab, on January 2, 2016.

About 100,000 pilgrims have already completed the journey to the Amarnath shrine that began late last month and is due to end in late August under tight security.

The drivers will also be given a note saying if something happens or if the vehicle breaks down, they should call the nearest point, the minister of state (home) said. The present incident tells us that, till that time comes, the pilgrims will continue to be targeted in spite of the cordon of security forces thrown around them.

The Delhi Police has also issued a high security across the national capital on Tuesday.

A massive crackdown against militants and militancy sympathisers in the coming days is likely to follow after the attack as pressure builds on the security apparatus to deliver justice to the perpetrators of the act.

The Amarnath yatra was targeted in 2001 when terrorists had struck in the Sheshnag area close to the holy cave of Amarnath, killing 13 people.

Proactive operations have been launched, mainly in south Kashmir, to track down Ismail as investigations including communication intercepts have pointed to his involvement in the attack on the pilgrims, he said.

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