In yet another terror strike, terrorists open fired at a bus ferrying Amarnath pilgrims. The incident took place in an area near Batengoo in J&K's Anantnag district, which is 50 kilometers from Srinagar. Although there are varied reports pertaining to the dead and the injured, it is being said that at least 7 have been killed and close to 28 have been injured in the attack.

A Times of India report also suggests that a nearby police camp was also attacked, which could have increased the death toll. Initial reports suggested that the bus was not registered with the Amarnath shrine board and was travelling at an odd time, without adequate security. The bus was travelling from Jammu to Baltal and was not a part of the convoy.

The attack carried out on the first day of shravan is considered to be symbolical in many ways. An important pilgrimage, apart from being an important day, terrorists are said to have planned the attack meticulously to send out a message. Inside sources said that the terrorists had first attacked a police bunker at Batengoo, before attacking a police naka near Khanabal. However, they were unsuccessful in both the attacks since they faced heavy retaliation. That was when the tourist bus was arracked, leading to casualties.

It is being said that intelligence agencies had an inkling of an impending danger, given the fact that the area has considerable presence of Hizbul Mujahideen  and Lashkar militants. Security was also beefed up since the date coincided with the first death anniversary of Hizbul leader Burhan Wani whose death sparked off sustained violence in the Kashmir valley.

However, there were no concrete news about the date and time of the attack. Amarnath Yatris, especially, were relaxed after a report emerged on June 9 where Hizbul terrorists assured Amarnath pilgrims of their safety. There is a clear mandate from the shrine board advisory, which states that all pilgrims have to register themselves for the pilgrimage so that adequate security can be arranged. Moreover, the  convoy starts early so that they can reach the base camp before sunset. The advisory also warns pilgrims from venturing out in the highway after sunset.

Twitter, meanwhile is exploding with comments and condolences by celebrities, who condemned the attack.