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Undeterred by terror attacks, more pilgrims set off for Amarnath yatra

7 pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured in a terror attack in Anantnag, yesterday

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Amarnath Yatra
File photo of Sadhus wait in a queue to register themselves for the annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine, at a base camp in Jammu on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

Undeterred by the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, hundreds of on Tuesday set off for the cave shrine amid stepped-up security measures.

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

"The is progressing smoothly and the terror attack has not dampened the spirits of the pilgrims," the official said.

The exact number of who embarked on the this morning is not known yet.

Seven Amarnath were killed and 19 others were injured in a in south Kashmir's district last night.

The bus, bearing registration number, was on way from Baltal to when the attack took place.

However, the bus was not part of the convoy and was plying after the 7 pm deadline imposed by the security officials on the movement of the yatra vehicles.

Meanwhile, the security has been beefed up along all routes leading to the and Baltal base camps in and Ganderbal districts respectively.

Additional police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed en route to the holy cave shrine to prevent repeat of any such incident, a police official said.

He said investigations have been launched into the attack and few people have been detained for questioning.

First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 12:45 IST