Seven Hindu pilgrims, six of them women, have been killed and 19 others injured, in a militant attack in Indian-administered Kashmir after their bus apparently got caught in crossfire.
The bus was returning from the Amarnath cave pilgrimage site in the Anantnag district when the attack took place.
Hardline Hindu groups linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s ruling party have long wanted to see tough action against the armed revolt against Indian rule in the Muslim-majority region.
News of the attack has already sparked anger with people demanding immediate retaliation on behalf of the pilgrims, most of whom came from Gujarat, Mr Modi’s home state.
“Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on the peaceful Amarnath Yatris (pilgrims) in Jammu and Kashmir,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.
“India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate,” Modi added.Please subscribe to our newsletter