Incident Summary:

07/21/2001: Militants attacked a campsite for Amarnath pilgrims in Sheshnag, India. Two IED's were set off before militants started firing on the security personnel who were guarding the pilgrims. 13 people were killed including six pilgrims, two policemen, four porters and a militant. 14 people were injured including 8 pilgrims. The Al-Omar Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir

Near Sheshnag

Location Details:
An army secured campsite for Amarnath pilgrims outside Sheshnag.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Police
Specific Description Indian police guarding Amarnath Pilgrims camping near the village of Sheshnag
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Amarnath Pilgrims camping at Sheshnag
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives Grenade
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Umar Mujahideen Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"BLASTS, FIRING KILL 13 NEAR AMARNATH," Financial Times Information, July 21, 2001.
Ali Ahmed Favaz, "Omar Mujahideen claims responsibility for attack on Amarnath pilgrims," Daily Excelsior, July 22, 2001.
Izhar Wani, "12 dead as bomb explosions halt Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmir," Agence France Presse, July 21, 2001.