Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met the injured in Anantnag hospital. Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath shrine stands at 3,888 metres, 46km from Pahalgam and 14km from Baltal. The attack took place hours after the Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed to have busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba module and arrested two persons, including Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. "India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate".
Meanwhile, ANI reported that internet services had been blocked in Kashmir in view of the tense situation and that troops of 90 battalion and 40 battalion of the CRPF had been rushed to the attack site.
They said Home Minister sought details of the attack from CM and Governor and also directs officials to ensure foolproof security in future.
"The Amarnath yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of our yearly rhythm", the statement said, referring to the pilgrimage. He also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister. "The terrorists are under pressure to show their worth and found an easy target in the Amarnath yatris", said a top intelligence functionary.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday condemned the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, calling it the "most reprehensible act". His son, Omar Abdullah voiced the fears plaguing pilgrims this year.
The last time the Amarnath yatra was targeted was on August 1, 2000. "I share the pain and anguish of families who lost loved ones in the terror attack on innocent Amarnath Yatris today", he tweeted.
Chief Minister's has directed the state administration to provide all possible security to the yatris and also give quality treatment to the injured yatris. In a joint statement, they said the incident went against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos.
The force personnel launched a combing operation to track down the militants responsible for the attack.