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Terrorists planning to target Amarnath Yatra: Army officer

Terrorists are planning to target Amarnath Yatra, said an Army Officer mentioning that there security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have received inputs that terrorists are planning to target the annual pilgrimage.

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New Delhi Updated on: July 18, 2020 8:32 IST
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Terrorists planning to target Amarnath Yatra, says an Army Officer

Terrorists are planning to target Amarnath Yatra, said an Army Officer mentioning that there security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have received inputs that terrorists are planning to target the annual pilgrimage. However, the Army Officer asserted that "systems and resources" were in place to ensure that the annual pilgrimage goes on unhindered.
 
The officer said it was only befitting that Friday's encounter, in which three terrorists, including a self-styled commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, were gunned down, took place just four days before the yatra is set to commence on July 21.
 
"There are inputs that terrorists would try their best to target the yatra, but we have got our systems and resources in place to ensure that it goes on unhindered and peacefully," Brigadier Vivek Singh Thakur, Commander, Two Sector, said in a press conference in south Kashmir.
 
"We remain committed to ensure Amarnath Yatra will be conducted peacefully without any hindrance and the security situation will continue to remain under control," he said.
 
Brigadier Thakur said the stretch of national highway 44 which will be used by the yatris continue to remain sensitive.
 
"This axis is a bit sensitive. The yatris will take up this axis to go up to Sonamarg (Ganderbal) and this (Baltal) is the only route which will be active to go up to the Amarnath cave," he said.
 
(With inputs from PTI)

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