U.S. condemns terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims

Jul 15, 2017, 00:37
U.S. condemns terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims

"I hail and appreciate the widespread condemnation by the civil society members on the attack on Amarnath pilgrims that left seven of them dead and several injured", Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office said during a news conference at SKICC here.

Earlier, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert had expressed concern over the terror attack.

"That is a great concern to us. Deepest condolences to the families and all those affected", she had said, as per IANS.

"What has come out of this tragic incident is that people of the State and rest of India have started thinking in unison by rejecting such acts and categorisation of the human tragedies".

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"No Kashmiri has ever targeted any pilgrims, and this barbarity and atrocity is the trademark of Indian forces", the group's statement said. "People everywhere must stand united against hate", Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D- FL 7 District) tweeted.

Mehbooba said the best way one can pay homage to these heroes is to develop Jammu and Kashmir as an egalitarian and tolerant society, free from the distinctions of religion, region, caste or creed.

"Once again, innocents are victims of terror". "My thoughts and prayers are with you", he said.

"Sending my prayers to the families of those killed in the horrific terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra", Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX 4 District) said. "The terrorists are frustrated at the back to back losses suffered by them during counter-insurgency operations over the past month or so and have now resorted to attacking civilians and tourists".

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"Considering the unfortunate loss of life and injuries suffered by the yatris (pilgrims) in the recent terror attack, the entire security apparatus has been put on the highest alert by the ministers", a Union home ministry statement said.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the last major attack on Amarnath pilgrims occurred in 2000, when gunmen killed 30 people in the Pahalgam area, including local porters carrying pilgrim's baggage up the mountain path.

Condemnation against the Amarnath attack has continued to pour in from the global community.

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