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Attack on Amarnath pilgrims against humanity: Amnesty

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims shows "utter contempt" for human life, Amnesty International today said and called for those behind the attack to be found and punished.

Aakar Patel, executive director of Amnesty International India, said in a statement that the authorities must guard against any attacks, including reprisal attacks, which could lead to more civilian casualties.

"Shooting at a bus carrying ordinary people on a pilgrimage shows utter contempt for human life and the fundamental principles of humanity. Those behind this horrific assault should be found and punished," he said.

"The authorities must protect all civilians and ensure that they are not put in danger, while upholding human rights and standards," Patel added.

Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir's Anantnag district yesterday.

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 16:43 IST