Srinagar: A woman devotee injured in the deadly militant attack on Amarnath pilgrims, succumbed at a hospital early Sunday, taking the death toll in the incident to eight, according to media reports.
Lalitaben, 47, succumbed to injuries at the Srinagar’s SKIMS Hospital a police official said.
Militants had attacked a yatri bus and a police party in Anantnag along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in south Kashmir on Monday. The bus was from Gujarat, government sources revealed.
A report by News18 said that in a letter sent to the army, CRPF and range DIGs, IGP Munir Khan had written, “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 report said that security forces suspect the operation was carried out jointly by Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. There were reportedly three assailants, and one of them, Abu Ismail, arrived on a motorbike and emptied two magazines on pilgrims.
NDTV said that the bus was reportedly not a part of the main yatra convoy and was not registered with the shrine board.
The Amarnath Yatra via Pahalgam in south Kashmir is the shorter route as against from Baltal via Sonmarg in Gandarbal district.
However, for both routes, pilgrims have to travel through south Kashmir, which is on the boil.