12 July, 2017
One of the survivors of the attack also praised Salim for his bravery and said, "We were asleep and were woken up by bullet sounds".
Three to four terrorists on motorcycles first attacked a police bunker before targeting the bus passengers. The bus has a registration number of Gujarat. The attack took place when they were returning to Jammu from Srinagar in the bus, after visiting the cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,756 feet.
Undeterred by the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, 22,633 devotees on Tuesday embarked on the pilgrimage amid stepped up security measures. In July 2001, 13 pilgrims were killed after militants hurled two grenades at a camp and later opened fire near the Amarnath shrine.
Seven Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat were killed in the attack and 14 others were injured in the attack.
The meeting was called to look into possible security lapses that may have led to the attack on a bus that was carrying pilgrims from Gujarat.
Condemning the "dastardly" attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that he was pained beyond words over the attack on peaceful Amarnath yatris.
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Criticising the attack, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said: "Its saddening". According to the reports, the bus was not a part of the main Yatra convoy and at least 20 more were injured.
A pall of gloom enveloped the airport when an Indian Air Force's Hurcules transport aircraft landed here with the bodies, the wounded, and those who miraculously survived the ambush, amid a high alert in the state.
The police said the bus driver had violated rules for the pilgrimage, which state that no yatra vehicle should be on the highway after 7 pm as the security cover is withdrawn after that. On 2 August 2000, the Hizbul Mujahideen killed 30 pilgrims in Anantnag district.
Police blamed the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attack and said the group was trying to stoke communal discord. "We are on our way to Dahanu now", she said. Pilgrims say that they have full faith on the government and the army and have nothing to fear.
After the terror attack, security forces have already decided that they will deploy about 90,000 troops from Lakhanpur to the holy shrine. "The people of Kashmir are good but you can not always stop terrorists who are on a suicide mission", Kumar, who works in a bank, said.
Hours after Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met the survivors of the attack, she called for an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss issues related to the attack. We strongly condemn such acts.