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Seven pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured when terrorists fired at their bus near Khanabal while it was on its way to Jammu from Srinagar.

Rupani also said the State Government would consider recommending to the Government of India for an award to the name of the driver who, despite terror attack, drove the bus to a relatively safer place.

"We are exhausted of crying, burning candles, condemning killing of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir".

Officials said the militants first attacked a police bunker at Botengo in Anantnag, about 56 km south of Srinagar, at 8.15 pm. The state police has blamed the LeT terror group for the attack.

Condemning the attack, former Indian captain Sachin Tendukar, said on Twitter: "Deeply disturbed by the terror attack on #AmarnathYatra pilgrims".

The bus, which was coming from Gujarat, was reportedly not part of the main yatra convoy.

Survivors of the deadly attack heaped praises on Salim for continuing to drive and not stopping the vehicle amid raging bullets.

He condemned the attack, in which seven pilgrims were killed last night, and described it as a "cowardly act". Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister and Deputy CM has met the victims who injured in the attack.

So far, over 1 lakh pilgrims have visited the cave shrine since the commencement of annual yatra on 29 June.

Chanting "Bam Bam Bhole", the pilgrims set for the arduous trek from both the traditional Pahalgam and shorter Baltal routes early this morning, an official of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said.

Separatist leaders in Kashmir condemned the attack, which they said "goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos".

Even though the police accounts suggest that these yatris were a secondary target, some of the pilgrims who survived the attack said the terrorists had directly targetted them. She also visited the injured at a hospital in Anantnag and made a decision to stay with them for the night. However, police appreciated the role of bus driver whose decision of not stopping bus after firing resorted by terrorists saved lives of over 55 passengers.