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Militants attack Amarnath pilgrims, 5 hurt

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar | June 21, 2006 13:31 IST
Last Updated: June 21, 2006 15:45 IST

Five pilgrims from Rajasthan were injured when militants hurled a grenade at their bus at Beehama in Ganderbal, 23 kilometres from Srinagar, on Wednesday.

This is the first attack on Amarnath pilgrims in 2006.

Subsequently, the Srinagar-Baltal road, which is the main route that the pilgrims take, has been shut.

Officials said the bus, carrying 40 passengers, was returning to Srinagar from Baltal base camp.

The injured were immediately rushed to the Soura Medical Institute.

No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility.

The passengers who escaped said unidentified persons hurled the grenade inside the vehicle from a window when its driver slowed down.

"I was getting off the vehicle at Beehama chowk to fetch water when the blast occurred," Ajay Soni, a passenger, told PTI.

The two-month annual Amarnath yatra commenced on June 11 amid tight security. The incident comes close on the heels of three grenade attacks on tourist buses at Batapora and Dalgate in Srinagar in May, which left five tourists dead and over 20 others injured.

With PTI inputs

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Sub: Shameful Act

If militants are trying to prove that they are capable of running a country independently, then they certainly doing wrong this way. This way they ...

Posted by Rajeev Ranjan Lall

Sub: Thanks for secularism

I strongly believe that in near future, people in the world would talk, there were Hindus who lived in the country before it was occupied ...

Posted by Murugan S

Sub: how to tackle jihad

The govt. has faild to provide security to Hindus in the country. These days Hindus in their own country don't feel safe. It is not ...

Posted by Haridutt

Sub: attack on pilgrims

militant want to put the presure on pilgrims but god amarnath give them power to face this attack and they should overcome to proceeds

Posted by Dipak Petare

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How many more such attacks will be committed before our 'secular' govt. wakes up. This is nothing but willful self-deception by our 'secular' govt and ...

Posted by JS_delhi



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