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US Department of State, lawmakers condemn terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims

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Violence has no place in our society, Rep. Pramila Jayapal tweeted

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The US Department of State on Tuesday expressed concern over the terrorist attack on Amarnath Pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir that killed seven people and injured nearly 20.

“We consider it to have been a terrorist attack in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in which seven religious pilgrims were killed. That’s of great concern to us,” State Department’s spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press briefing. “These were civilians, they were killed as they were exercising their right to worship, and that is in large part what makes it reprehensible.”

“That is a great concern to us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those people and to their families as well. Our prayers are with the victims and those who were injured,” Nauert said.

Several US lawmakers also condemned the attack and expressed compassion towards the victims’ families.

“Deepest condolences to the victims & families impacted by the Amarnath attack. Violence has no place in our society,” Indian American Rep. Pramila Jayapal wrote.

“Saddened by the barbaric act of violence against #AmarnathYatra pilgrims. People everywhere must stand united against hate,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D- FL 7th District) tweeted.

“The terrorist attack on Amarnath Pilgrims is outrageous,” wrote Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th District). “Religion is a fundamental right and human right #AmarnathYatra #ReligiousFreedon.”

“Once again, innocents are victims of terror. My sympathy to the families horribly impacted by the murders at #AmarnathYatra,” Rep. French Hill (R-AR 2nd District) wrote.

“Deeply saddened at the cowardly attack on innocent #AmarnathYatra pilgrims. My thoughts and prayers are with you,” Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA 16th District) tweeted.

“Sending my prayers to the families of those killed in the horrific terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra,” Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX 4th District) said.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra. We must stand united against these deplorable acts of terror,” Rep. John Culberson (R-TX 7th District) wrote.

“The terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is reprehensible and must be condemned,” Rep Ted Poe (R-TX 2nd District) tweeted.

A bus carrying Amarnath Pilgrims was attacked on Monday by the terrorist when they opened fire at Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district around 8.20 p.m. Seven people from Gujarat, who were returning after the annual Amarnath Yatra in the Kashmir Valley, were killed and at least 20 more were injured.

Soon after the attack, the United States and US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Carlsonstrongly condemned the attack and said that the country is aginst all acts of terrorism.

“We deplore the attack on #Amarnath pilgrims & condemn all acts of terrorism. Deepest condolences to the families & all those affected,” Carlson tweeted.

Several organizations including the Hindu American Foundation and the Overseas Friends of BJP – USA also condemned the drastic attack.