U.S. condemns 'cowardly' attack on Amarnath pilgrims, vows to fight terror

Posted July 15, 2017

Even as India sounded the "highest alert" across Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims by militants, the Trump administration has expressed concern over the "reprehensible" terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir that killed seven persons.

Meanwhile, it is also time for the government to tap into the growing disillusionment with Pakistan among ordinary Kashmiris, the former government official added.

The annual summer pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine, which began June 29 under heavy security, has been targeted in the past.

They demanded an independent investigation into the attack.

"This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos", separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Farooq and Yasin Malik said in a joint statement.

Police superintendent Altaf Khan said the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind the attack aimed at sowing sectarian discord.

Spicer is offering condolences to the victims and families of Monday's assault.

"Saddened by the barbaric act of violence against #AmarnathYatra pilgrims".

Mehbooba said the best way one can pay homage to these heroes is to develop Jammu and Kashmir as an egalitarian and tolerant society, free from the distinctions of religion, region, caste or creed. "I don't know if it's really safe for them there. Let them come out with their inferences and as a political establishment we will follow it up".

In her message on the occasion of 86th Martyrs Day, the chief minister said the courageous hearts of 1931 sacrificed their lives for laying a strong edifice of democracy, equality and liberty in the State which ought to be safeguarded, respected and protected by every citizen.

Twelve pilgrims were wounded in the fighting triggered after the militants attacked a police bunker and another police party at a checkpoint. The bodies of those killed were flown to New Delhi on their way to the pilgrims' west Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Kashmir civil society protests over Yatra death.

In a message, German Ambassador Martin Ney conveyed condolences to the families of those bereaved, and said: "Germany resolutely stands by India in the fight against terrorism and extremism".