Indian occupied Kashmir IG Police Munir Khan told news agency ANI that the recent Yatra attack was masterminded by Pakistan terrorist Ismail.
Sources reveal that the attack was carried out by Ismail and four other terrorists (two local and two Pakistanis) at 8:20 pm.
The victims were travelling in the bus bearing the registration number GJ09Z 9976 which was neither part of the escorted yatra convoy nor registered with the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).
"The attack occurred at 8.20 pm. All yatra movement which is protected by the security forces on the highway stops at 7 pm after which no movement of pilgrims is officially allowed," said a senior police officer.
The ill-fated pilgrims had performed the yatra and had boarded the bus at north Kashmir's Baltal base camp.
The officer said the militants first attacked a police bullet-proof bunker at Khanabal and later a police checkpoint.
"After retaliation from the police, the militants started firing indiscriminately. The bus of pilgrims, according to police, was caught in the ambush," a police spokesman said.
The alertness and bravery of the bus driver saved many lives as he locked the door from inside, refraining terrorists from entering into the bus.- Zee News