Vastavam web :The pilgrim tour turned miserable as the terrorists had attacked the tourists and gunned down seven of them in late night of Monday in Ananthanag district of Kashmir.At least seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed and several injured on Monday evening when terrorists attacked a bus carrying the pilgrims in Batingu, near Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. According to sources, the pilgrims were from Gujarat, and struck by terrorists in Anantnag at 8:20 pm. Among the worshipers who succumbed to bullet injuries, two are from Valsad, two from Dharampur, two from Pardi and one from Vansda. “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. Terrorists first attacked the combined checkpoint of STF, SOG and CRPF in Khannabal at around 8:15 pm, and ran towards Batingu. No loss of life or injury was reported. The terrorists, then, targeted the bus carrying pilgrims, killing six of them, and escaped running towards Arwani area. They opened fire on the camp of G/90 battalion while running away from the spot.
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.