Seven pilgrims were killed and 14 others were injured in a terrorist attack on Monday night in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, according to media reports.
Kashmir police Inspector General Muneer Khan warned the security forces of a pending terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in a letter on June 27, telling them to be vigilant.
Khan told ANI on Tuesday that the terrorist attack was carried out by the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and was masterminded by a Pakistani terrorist known as Ismail.
The terrorists reportedly opened fire on the bus near Batengoo at 8.20pm as the pilgrims were traveling on the heavily guarded national highway connecting the Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country. They were returning from the Amarnath Temple, a Hindu shrine.
Security on the highway, which has been targeted frequently by militants in the past, has been stepped up in the wake of the attack.
The Hindustan Times quoted the warning letter sent by Inspector General Khan: “Intelligence input received from SSP Anantnag reveals that terrorists have been directed to eliminate 100 to 150 pilgrims and about 100 police officers and officials.”
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.