U.S. condemns terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims

| Updated: Jul 13, 2017 03:17 IST

New York [U.S.], July 12 (ANI): The United States has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on July 10 in which seven pilgrims lost their lives and 15 others were injured. In a statement, U.S. State Department said, "The United States strongly condemns the cowardly terrorist attack on religious pilgrims in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on July 10. We extend condolences to the victims' families and the people of India. An attack on religious freedom is an attack on the most fundamental right of liberty. The United States and India will continue to fight together against terrorist threats in every part of the world." "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those people and to their families as well. Our prayers are with the victims and those who were affected," the statement added. Meanwhile, several U.S. Congressmen also condemned the terror attack. Congressman Ted Poe, U.S. representative for Texas's second congressional district, tweeted, "The terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is reprehensible and must be condemned." Another Congressman William Pete Olson, US representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district, tweeted: "The terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is deplorable & must be condemned. Prayers for the families of those killed." "Our hearts go out to the victims of the terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra. We must stand united against these deplorable acts of terror," Rep. John Culberson tweeted. "Deeply saddened at the cowardly attack on innocent #AmarnathYatra pilgrims. My thoughts and prayers are with you," Rep. Jim CostaVerified account said in a tweet. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims as outrageous, saying that religion is a fundamental right and human right. (ANI)