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Amarnath attack: Driver Salim to be nominated for bravery award

SNS | New Delhi |

His courage and presence of mind saved the lives of over 50 Amarnath yatris as Salim Sheikh, driver of the ill-fated bus that was attacked by terrorists in Kashmir on Monday floored the pedal and drove the flat-tyred bus through a hail of bullets for close to two kilometres.

On Tuesday, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that he will nominate Salim for a bravery award.

"We want to thank the bus driver who saved many lives amid heavy firing. The Gujarat government will nominate Salim for the bravery award with the central government," Rupani said on Tuesday.

Seven people were killed and 19 others injured on Monday evening when militants opened fire at the bus carrying pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district. 

Salim told reporters that God gave him the strength to keep driving despite the firing.

"Firing was going on from all sides, so I kept driving and did not stop," he said. "God gave me the strength to keep moving… I just did not stop anywhere."

(With inputs from agencies)