Besides the two women, eight other pilgrims from adjoining towns of south Gujarat like Vapi, Udwada, Daman and Navsari had also gone for the three-week pilgrimage from July 2.
Ismail, who is a category A terrorist, has a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on him and is particularly active around the areas of Pampore and Anantnag. "The fire was retaliated and a tourist bus was hit by bullets", he said. Many of them openly criticised the attack on Twitter. They had performed the yatra two days ago and had then moved to Srinagar. Now, I want the central government to eliminate the terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir to allow the pilgrims to safely do the yatra and return.
Earlier, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and condemn the dastardly Amarnath terror attack. "In fact, words fail me to express my grief adequately", Soz said. "The attack on Amarnath yatris has caused great pain to us". He spoke to Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and assured all possible assistance required.
Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister is probing into the Jammu and Kashmir security department designated for the Amarnath pilgrimage, for what about 40,000 military personnel have been deployed to guard the routes leading to the famous shrine. It is the moral responsibility of the government to tell people why they failed.
Congressman Ted Poe, US Representative for Texas's 2nd congressional district said "The terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is reprehensible and must be condemned".
Separatist leaders also condemned the attack.
Police also said the bus was not a part of the Yatra convoy which is being provided elaborate security.
Pavel Dorokhin, Member of State Duma and Deputy Chairman of India-Russia Inter-Parliamentary Commission said in a statement, "Russia stands united against terrorism and terrorism can not be justified".
Security agencies are now carrying out searches and are in the process of identifying the on-ground workers who tailed the group and tipped off the terrorists.
Following the attack, the state government shut the internet services in the state to avoid any flaring up of the communal situation.
Revealing information are surfacing about attack on a bus carrying Amarnath yatris on Monday evening in Batengoo near Khanabal in Anantnag district.
About 150,000 pilgrims have already completed the journey to Amarnath and tens of thousands more are expected to do so by the time the pilgrimage ends in late August.
Before the deadly attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims, the Lashkar-e-Taiba had reportedly activated its over-ground workers (OGWs) to look for easy targets for its terrorists.