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United States condemns 'cowardly' attack on Amarnath pilgrims, vows to fight terror

15 July 2017

Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir's Anantnag district on late Monday evening. "Religion is a fundamental right and human right #AmarnathYatra #ReligiousFreedom", she tweeted.

The statement issued by Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a clear reference to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, dispelling an earlier controversy over the State Department calling it "Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir".

Two Central ministers - Jitendra Singh and Hansraj Ahir, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, and CRPF DGP RR Bhatnagar rushed to Kashmir after the attack to review the situation. "We extend condolences to the victims' families and the people of India". "During their meeting in Paris on 3rd June this year, the French President and Modi, had declared counter- terrorism to be a priority of our strategic partnership", said the spokesperson of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, as per PTI.

Soon after the attack, the United States and US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires MaryKay Carlsonstrongly condemned the attack and said that the country is aginst all acts of terrorism. The memo, marked "top secret", warned that a "sensational attack by terrorist outfits can not be ruled out" in the mostly Muslim region.

Several organizations including the Hindu American Foundation and the Overseas Friends of BJP - USA also condemned the drastic attack.

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Spain has also condemned the attack, with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy saying "India can count on Spain in the fight against terror". "The terrorists need to succeed only once", Mr. Madhav said.

"There is adequate suspicion of Pakistan and PoK-based global terrorist Syed Salahuddin, Chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC), also being involved in masterminding the terror attack", he said.

"Deepest condolences to the victims & families impacted by the Amarnath attack".

Officials of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) on Tuesday informed Governor N N Vohra that "by 10.30 am, 18,838 pilgrims had left for the cave shrine from Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Panjtarni and Baltal yatra camps." .

United States condemns 'cowardly' attack on Amarnath pilgrims, vows to fight terror