India police warned weeks ago of attack on Hindus in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir police has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for a time bound investigation into Monday's attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. "Religion is a fundamental right and human right #AmarnathYatra #ReligiousFreedon". He said the USA and India will fight together against terrorist threats in every part of the world.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said the response and reaction shown by people of the State to the killing of seven Amarnath yatris shows that the spirit of Kashmiryat is alive and that people reject such despotic acts despite themselves being victims of violence for decades.

"Russia stands with the people of India in this hard hour", the statement said.

The ministers visited Srinagar, following a directive from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

At least seven pilgrims were killed and more than 15 were injured after terrorists attacked a bus in the Batengoo area of Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday. "That's of great concern to us", she told reporters at a news conference. "Deepest condolences to the families and all those affected", she had said, as per IANS.

Sources said the attack was planned at a short notice when the bus halted for an hour due to a flat tyre and a mechanical snag. The attack was condemned by many countries including France and Bangladesh. The memo, marked "top secret", warned that a "sensational attack by terrorist outfits can not be ruled out" in the mostly Muslim region.

Civilian deaths have increased 164 per cent, as we said, from 14 in 2015-16 to 37 in 2016-17, while terrorist deaths have risen 18 per cent during this period to 178 in 2016-17.

Escorted by CRPF and police personnel, 3,289 pilgrims, comprising 2,283 men, 756 women and 250 sadhus and sadhvis, left in 68 vehicles in a convoy from Jammu for Baltal and Pahalgam base camps on Tuesday morning, officials said.

"Germany resolutely stands by India in the fight against terrorism and extremism", Ney said.

In a tweet, Norwegian Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvag said, "Norway condemns cowardly Amarnath terror attack. Deepest condolences to the families & all those affected", the USA ambassador to New Delhi's official Twitter post said. Amarnath yatra represents faith and pilgrimage. The embassy also extended condolences to the Indian government and families of victims.