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Amarnath terror attack: Probe exposes gaps in security measures

Amarnath terror attack: Probe exposes gaps in security measures

"We have high degree of security for passage of convoy of the Amarnath yatra", Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Zone, Mandeep Bhandari said.

The group said India was behind the attack, "to sabotage the freedom struggle of Kashmiris" and fulfill "its nefarious agenda" to crush the popular anti-India rebellion. In a press release issued by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the White House said India and the United States will continue to fight terrorists in every part of the world.

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.

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. "We deplore the attack on Amarnath pilgrims and condemn all acts of terrorism. Our prayers are with the victims and those who were affected", she said.

"Today is the occasion when the country needs to speak in one voice", he said, adding that the entire nation is "rising in revolt" against the attack.

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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 terrorists need to succeed only once", Mr. Madhav said.

A paramilitary security personnel keeping vigil as a convoy of Amaranth pilgrims leave for Kashmir on the outskirts of Jammu.

Salahuddin also leads the United Jihad Council, an umbrella organisation for anti-India terrorist organisations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, known to operate out of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. He also conveyed deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

"As the G20 leaders just reaffirmed in Hamburg, we are resolved to tackle terrorism as a common challenge to the global community", he noted.

"My prayers are with the victims & their families of this senseless, vicious attack on the #AmarnathYatra pilgrims", tweeted Congresswoman Anna G Eshoo. Amarnath yatra represents faith and pilgrimage.

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