‘So reprehensible’: Trump administration, US lawmakers condemn Amarnath yatra attack

Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured in a terrorist attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday night.

Kashmir Turmoil Updated: Jul 12, 2017 08:42 IST
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People paying tributes to the Amarnath pilgrims who were killed Monday's militant attack at Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, after their bodies were brought in an IAF plane at the airport in Surat on Tuesday. (PTI)

The terror attack that killed seven Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir is reprehensible, the Trump Administration has said as several lawmakers joined in to condemn the dastardly act.

Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured in a terrorist attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday night.

The bus, bearing Gujarat registration number, was on way from Baltal to Jammu when the attack took place.

“We consider it to have been a terrorist attack in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in which seven religious pilgrims were killed. That’s of great concern to us,” the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference.

“These were civilians, they were killed as they were exercising their right to worship and that is, in large part, what makes this so reprehensible. That is a great concern to us and our thoughts and prayers go out to those people and to their families as well. Our prayers are with the victims and those who were affected,” she said.

Meanwhile several US lawmakers condemned the terrorist attack.

“The terrorist attack on Amarnath Pilgrims is outrageous,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Congressman John Ratcliffe in his tweet, sent his prayers to the families of those killed in the “horrific terrorist” attack.

Congressman Jim Costa said he is “Deeply saddened at the cowardly attack” on innocent Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

“The terrorist attack on AmarnathYatra is reprehensible and must be condemned,” tweeted Congressman Ted Poe.

Congressman John Culberson said:

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 08:41 IST