>> Security beefed up in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir state on Tuesday, after seven Hindu pilgrims were killed by militant gunmen. The attack scene in Anantnag town was cordoned off, as India launches a huge search operation to track down the attackers, who escaped after the assault. Security officials saying the pilgrimage, or Yatra, would continue.
>> The Yatra is going on. We have not stopped the Yatra, and we'll ensure that it goes on peacefully.>> The pilgrims were on their way back from the Amarnath shrine deep in the Himalayas when their bus got caught in crossfire. 12 pilgrims were wounded in fighting that was triggered after the militants attacked a police bunker and a checkpoint.
The attack is likely to anger hardline Hindu groups tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party. They have long sought tough action against militants fighting Indian rule in Muslim-majority Kashmir. India has been struggling to restore normality in the province, which both India and Pakistan claim in full but rule in part.
India accuses Pakistan of pushing in militants from its part of Kashmir to carry out attacks, a charge denied by Islamabad.