PM Modi condemns killing of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, assures assistance to J-K

| Updated: Jul 11, 2017 04:43 IST

New Delhi [India], July 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attack that killed six Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and left 14 seriously injured in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district. The Prime Minister took to his Twitter handle to share his thoughts and said, "India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks & the evil designs of hate." "Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone," he tweeted. "My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones in the attack in J&K. My prayers with the injured," he added. Prime Minister Modi further said that he spoke to Jammu and Kashmir's Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and has assured all possible assistance. Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi also expressed deep condolences over the killing pilgrims by terrorists. "This attack on the devotees of Lord Shiva is a crime against all humanity and the whole nation is shocked," she said. Sonia Gandhi further said that the Government of India should immediately take cognizance of the entire matter and ensure the safety of all the injured passengers and the security of all Amarnath passengers. Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke with J-K Governor Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba and has assured full assistance to help the injured. The Home Minister has also spoken with the Director General of the J-K Police. Meanwhile, the latest update on attack says that as many as six people have been killed after a bus of Amarnath Pilgrims at Batingoo, Jammu and Kashmir was attacked. As per Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Control Room, 14 pilgrims are reported to be injured. A detailed report is awaited, K.S. Dhatwalia , DG PIB, says. Most of the pilgrims belong to Gujarat. A group of terrorists had earlier opened fire at the bus carrying the pilgrims in the Anantnag district. The incident occurred at 8.20 p.m. today when the bus, carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar, became victim to the terrorist attack. A group of terrorists had earlier opened fire at the bus. (ANI)