Countries condemn terror attack on Amarnath Yatra

Jammu: Internet services, which were suspended in Jammu region after a terror attack in which seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed, have been restored after 36 hours.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said an attack on religious freedom is an attack on the "most fundamental right of liberty".

Announcing that Amarnath Yatra would continue uninterrupted despite Monday's terror attack in which seven pilgrims were killed, Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was personally monitoring the situation.

"Russia stands with the people of India in this hard hour", the statement said.

But why now? An expert said that the attack is aimed at humiliating the central government and, by extension, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, Mary K Carlson, Charge d'Affaires at the US Embassy in New Delhi had also tweeted her condemnation. "We deplore the attack on Amarnath pilgrims and condemn all acts of terrorism. Our prayers are with the victims and those who were injured", Nauert said. The attack was condemned by many countries including France and Bangladesh.

Police believe the attack was carried out in revenge against the arrest of LeT terrorist Sandeep Kumar Sharma who had been produced before the media by the police.

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Congressman Ted Poe, U.S. representative for Texas's second congressional district, tweeted, "The terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is reprehensible and must be condemned".

"Pakistan has been openly harbouring the terrorists of various organizations including LET for the last several decades and there has been a push to declare Pakistan as a Terror sponsoring nation in the US Congress", said its vice president Adapa Prasad.

As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces have been deployed to provide security along pilgrimage routes.

"Germany resolutely stands by India in the fight against terrorism and extremism", Ney said.

Singh said that Amarnath Yatra will continue uninterrupted despite Monday's attack.

"Deepest condolences to the victims & families impacted by the Amarnath attack".

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