Anantnag residents turn Good Samaritans, Rush to hospital to help injured

Soon after the news of the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag started doing rounds, dozens of locals, including young and the elderly, thronged the Anantnag district hospital, volunteering to help and donate blood.
Seven pilgrims, including five women, were killed while 32 others were injured after suspected militants attacked a bus carrying them in the Batengoo area of Anantnag.
Doctors at the Anantnag district hospital described the scenes as overwhelming.
“The injured were yet to reach the hospital and a cache of local men, young and old, already stood alert to the situation here at the hospital gates,” a doctor at the hospital told Kashmir Post.
Sixteen of the injured were brought to the hospital later, eight with bullet injuries and the rest with splinters. The volunteers were ready to donate blood to the injured yatris, in case of emergency.
“They are our guests and it’s our prime responsibility to take care of them,” Asif, a volunteer from the Mattan Chowk area of Anantnag said. The people assembled at the hospital unequivocally condemned the attack.
“Killing innocent people cannot be justified any which way. They are our brothers and we stand in solidarity with them,” another volunteer Adil Saleem said.
The volunteers stayed at the hospital throughout the night and made sure that the injured yatris and their attendants were well-attended.

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