A soldier stands guard as Hindu pilgrims take part in the annual Amarnath Yatra. Photo: Muneeb/ Pacific/ Barcroft

Jammu and Kashmir security forces are on “the highest alert” after the terror strike on Amarnath pilgrims that killed seven people on Monday night, the Home Minister said on Wednesday.

A statement from the home ministry read, “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.”

High-level discussions were held between the central ministerial team, Minister of State for the PMO Jitendra Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir, with the top brass of the security establishment, Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on the situation in Kashmir, following which they issued an alert, the PTI reported.

Seven pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 others were injured in a terrorist attack on Monday night in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The annual 40-day pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine, which is at an altitude of 3,888 meters, begins on June 29 and ends on August 7.

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