J&K government issues advisory for Amarnath yatra pilgrims and tourists, asks them to leave Kashmir ASAP

J&K government issues advisory for Amarnath yatra pilgrims and tourists, asks to leave Kashmir ASAP The Amarnath yatra one of the Hinduism’s holiest shrines ended 14 days ahead of its scheduled close on August 15 and the counter-insurgency grid in Jammu & Kashmir was strengthened with the additional deployment of security forces following the recovery of a large cache of ammunition, a Pakistan-made anti-personnel mine, and a US-made sniper rifle along the route of the yatra, and intelligence reports that highlighted the increased possibility of suicide bombing attacks in the Kashmir valley.

On Friday, The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration issued a security advisory for the Amarnath yatra pilgrims, citing terror threat in the Kashmir Valley. In view of the "prevailing security situation in Kashmir", the J&K government advisory said that the pilgrims may curtail the Amarnath yatra. It also asked the tourists and pilgrims to leave the Kashmir Valley as soon as possible.

The security advisory to the Amarnath pilgrims and the tourists in the Kashmir Valley said: "Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible."

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