"It is unfortunate. The militants will have to pay through their nose", Azad said, adding it was to be seen if the militants involved were locals or from Pakistan. Amarnath Yatra was resumed on Sunday after a day-long suspension over apprehensions of a law-and-order situation in Kashmir.
"In the firing by militants, seven people, five of them women, were killed, and another seven injured", the official confirmed.
Valsad Collector R C Kharsan, said, "We are still figuring out how come the bus is from Valsad when the registration says Sabarkantha". Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath shrine stands at 3,888 metres, 46km from Pahalgam and 14km from Baltal.
The pilgrims were returning after paying obeisance at the shrine nestled in the Himalayas at a height of 4,115 metres when the attack occurred.
# J&K CM Mufti visits injured pilgrims in Anantnag Hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K". This is the major terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in south Kashmir where terrorist activities have seen surge since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani a year ago, which was followed by five-month long uprising. "My condolences to the bereaved families", Jaitley posted on his Twitter handle.
# Sonia Gandhi expresses sorrow over the #Anantnag attack targeting #Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, asks for an investigation into lapses in security. "The annual Amarnath yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of our yearly rhythm and will remain so".
# Security increased at Jammu base camp following the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims in Anantnag. Prime Minister has also spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Shri NN Vohra and Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti and assured all possible assistance required.
# Terrorists were on bikes and started firing indiscriminately.
"Seventeen pilgrims were travelling from Baltal to Mir Bazar when they were fired upon".
# Security beefed up in Kashmir and a high alert has been issued.
NSA Ajit Doval called a meeting at South Block where top brass of the security establishment, including officials from Home, Defence and Intelligence agencies and paramilitary were present.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was quick to react and said: "The attack can not be condemned strongly enough".