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J&K govt asks tourists, Amarnath Yatris to 'return as soon as possible': Top developments and reactions

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday asked Amarnath Yatris and tourists in Kashmir to “immediately” curtail their stay and leave the valley. The advisory, issued by the state’s home department, cited intelligence inputs about terror threats. “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,” the Jammu and Kashmir government order said. The home department’s came minutes after top army and police officers spoke about intelligence inputs that terrorists in the state had been ordered to carry out bomb blasts targeting Amarnath Yatris. Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Corps Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said the threat of improvised explosive devices in …