The Amarnath Yatra attack, which left 7 dead and many injured was carried out by LeT. Mastermind behind the attack on pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra is said to be a Pakistani terrorist, Ismail. This information has been shared by Muneer Khan, Inspector General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir with ANI News Agency.
The terrorists opened fired on a bus near Batengoo in Anantnag. Before attacking the bus, the terrorists attacked a Police bunker in Batengoo, but reportedly no one was injured. The bus was returning from Baltal. It was not registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board and hence was not part of a convoy. The bus was also travelling beyond the permitted time.
It was the courage of the bus driver, Sheikh Salim Gafoor, that saved rest of the pilgrims being injured or dead. He kept driving even amidst continuous firing by the terrorists until he reached an army camp.
People from all over the country have critized the attack on pilgrims. Some of the Political parties have also called for a Bandh in Jammu. However, the Amarnath yatra is still on and a new batch of about 3000 pilgrims left Jammu for the shrine today. Security has also been beefed up all along the route to the shrine.