Gujarat Bus Carrying Amarnath Yatris That Came Under Terror Attack in J&K
Of the seven pilgrims -- five women and two men -- who lost their lives, two were from Valsad, two from Dharampur, two from Pardi and one from Vansda.
A file photo of the bus which was attacked by terrorists on Monday evening, resulting in the deaths of seven devotees. (Photo: News18.com)
Ahmedabad: The bus, which came under a dastardly terror attack on Monday evening, was from Gujarat, and all pilgrims were from the same state. The bus - GJ 09 Z 9976 - was registered in North Gujarat's Sabarkantha district, but the owner had sold the bus to one Jawahar Desai of Valsad, Gujarat.
Of the seven pilgrims -- five women and two men -- who lost their lives, two were from Valsad, two from Dharampur, two from Pardi and one from Vansda. Another fifteen sustained injuries, four of them serious wounds.
Initial reports, including Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's statement, suggest that the bus was not registered and was not moving with the security convoy.
"Seventeen pilgrims were travelling from Baltal to Mir Bazar when they were fired upon. Two pilgrims died on the spot," said a senior CRPF officer. "Troops of our 90 battalion and 40 battalion have been rushed to the spot," the officer added.
The security forces suspect the operation was carried out jointly by Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. There were reportedly three assailants, and one of them, Ismail, arrived on a motorbike and emptied two magazines on pilgrims.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, in a statement, informed that terrorists initially targeted the police bunker in Batigu. There was a retaliatory fire from the police, and there was no report of any injuries. Thereafter, the terrorists fired on a Police checkpoint near Khannabal, the CM said.
"The fire was retaliated. A tourist bus was hit by bullets in which about 18 tourists were injured. Among them, 6 persons died, while rest are being treated. The bus was on the way to Jammu from Baltal, and was not part of the yatra convoy," the statement read.
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