Firing near Batengoo, many yatris dead, a few injured

SRINAGAR:  A few Amarnath bound yatris are reported dead in a a suspected militant attacked on a police party, reports from south Kashmir said. The attack was reported near Butengoo, a village between Khanbal and Bejbehara.

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Details said a vehicle carrying Amarnath pilgrims was allegedly caught in an attack in which various pilgrims lost their lives. Army sources said six pilgrims were killed and seven were injured. Some reports put the number at a higher side. Police have now confirmed the seven killings.

Officials drove two injured persons, both yatris to district hospital Anantnag. Residents of Gujarat, the woman was having injuries in her leg and the man in his face, near nose. They were given first aid and rushed to Srinagar, hospital sources said.

Police officials said they are in the process of collecting details. Armed forces have taken over the belt. With cordon already enforced, indications suggest they may go for search operation.

Kashmir Police Chief Munir Khan has told reporters that the attack was on police not on the pilgrims.

“The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra. In spite of recent successes against militants & unprecedented force presence,” Omar Abdullah tweeted. “Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured.”

Omar later added: “Every right thinking Kashmiri must today condemn the killing of the Amarnath yatris and say, unequivocally…”

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