Despite the killing of seven pilgrims in an exchange of fire between police and suspected militants in Islamabad district of southern Kashmir, a fresh batch of 3,289 Yatris left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday.

Seven Yatris– six women, one man — were killed and 19 others injured when a bus carrying pilgrims from Gujarat was caught in cross-fire at Khanabal, Islamabd district on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

The bus was neither part of the escorted yatra convoy nor registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

“The attack occurred at 8.20 pm. All yatra movement which is protected by the security forces on the highway stops at 7 p.m. after which no movement of pilgrims is officially allowed,” a news gathering agency quoted a senior police officer.

The 40-day long yatra started on June 29 and will end on August 7.


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