Yatra attack toll 8

A cave where three militants were killed in Tral. — Excelsior/Younis Khaliq
A cave where three militants were killed in Tral. — Excelsior/Younis Khaliq

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, July 16: Army today said that they have intensified the drills to prevent the attacks on Amarnath Yatra even as an injured Amarnath Yatri succumbed at SKIMS today.
A woman pilgrim, injured in the deadly militant attack on Amarnath Yatra bus, succumbed at SKIMS hospital early today, taking the death toll in the July 10 attack to eight. Lalita, 47, who was being treated at the SKIMS Hospital here, passed away this morning.
The Commander of 1-Sector RR, Brigadier R Chakraborty, told reporters that the attack on the Amarnath Yatra in which 8 pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured was an aberration. “We believe that this attack was an aberration and we have intensified our drills and hope such type of attacks won’t take place in future”, he said.
The Sector Commander appealed youth to shun path of violence and join mainstream for their better tomorrow. “I appeal youth who indulge in militancy to shun path of violence and join mainstream for your better tomorrow. I appeal the parents to counsel their wards for their better future. Army is always there to help youth and people of Kashmir for making this place healthy and prosperous”, he said.
While giving details about the Tral encounter in which three Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed, the Sector Commander said: “We were receiving information for few days about their movement in the area. When we got specific input about three terrorists of Jaish are hiding in a cave in the forests of Satura village, we launched the operation during the night and this hideout was overlooking the village and it took us one and a half hour to climb the hill”, he said.
“We did speculative firing to see if there are any terrorists in the area. And as we fired within 5 minutes, a terrorist came out firing and fled towards Nallah. It took us five minutes to neturalise him and first terrorist was dead by 7 a.m”, he said.
“Then we got an intercept that one local militant of the village is hiding in the cave and we got men form Territorial Army and made an announcement to come out and surrender. For two hours, there was no response and we thought that they are discussing the surrender offer. But they fired on us and in the encounter we killed both of them. This operation lasted for 8 hours”, Brigadier Chakraborty said.