At least seven Hindu pilgrims have been killed and 19 others wounded after the bus they were traveling in became caught in crossfire in Indian administered Kashmir, police have confirmed.
The drivers will also be given a note saying if something happens or if the vehicle breaks down, they should call the nearest point, the minister of state (home) said.
The police officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
"Saddened by the barbaric act of violence against #AmarnathYatra pilgrims". Though security had been increased along the route for the pilgrimage, the thousands of deployed soldiers and police do not patrol overnight. More than 100 empty cartridges were found at the site, which indicates the terrorists had come with the intention to kill as many pilgrims as possible, a source said.
He applied brakes only after reaching a military camp, some two km away from the site where they were ambushed, saving many pilgrims who were in the bus, said a survivor. We extend condolences to the victims' families and the people of India.
On June 27, the United States designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a "global terrorist", ahead of Narendra Modi's meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC. "All the injured are stable", he said.
In a message, German Ambassador Martin Ney said, "On behalf of the Government of Germany, I strongly condemn yesterday's terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir".
"This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos", the separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammed Yasin Malik said in a joint statement.
Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, is one of the most heavily militarised spots on earth with a long history of conflict.
The shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the size of the visible moon.
In the Hindu-dominated Jammu region of the Indian state, saffron-clad members of the right-wing Bajrang Dal group stopped cars to enforce a strike in memory of the pilgrims. Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday also visited the two women injured yatris in hospital, and assured all the help from the government.He also appreciated the widespread condemnation by the civil society members on the attack that left seven yatris dead and several injured. Both claim Kashmir in entirety.