Timeline of terror attacks on Amarnath yatra: A brief history

Kashmir has seen a number of terrorist attacks. While each of the attacks left a scar on the heart of every Indian. In latest attack terrorists  killed seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, and injured 32 others as they struck at a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on the annual pilgrimage since the year 2000.

Here is a list of all the major attacks since then:

2000: 21 Amarnath Pilgrims Killed

In the early hours of 2 August 2000, terrorists opened fire on over 95 people, although official figures claimed the death toll to be 89. The series of attacks, which began on the night of 1 August, were believed to be planned.

The terrorists, said to have been opposed to the local terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen’s ceasefire declaration, not only attacked the pilgrim base camp at Pahalgam, but later also attacked five other places in the Valley, killing at least 58 people, according to a report by The Tribune. A total of 32 people were killed in the base camp strike at Pahalgam, of which 21 were Amarnath yatris.Environmental facts you didn’t know about Shri Amarnath yatra

2001: At Least Six Pilgrims Were Killed

A militant hurled two grenades at a camp and later opened fire near the Amarnath shrine on the night of 20 July 2001, killing nearly 13 people, including three women yatris and two police officers. The attack took place around 1:25 am near Sheshnag, one of the highest stops on the way to the Amarnath cave, a police spokesman told The Hindu. Of those killed, six were pilgrims, according to a TOI report.

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2002: 8 Amarnath Yatris Dead, 30 Injured

Despite the fact that nearly 15,000 security personnel and policemen were deployed to offer protection to the Amarnath pilgrims in 2002, a terrorist attack could not be averted – 8 were killed and 30 were injured. The attack took place before dawn on the Nunwan camp on the way to the Amarnath shrine, according to a report by Frontline.

 

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