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Cabinet Committee on Security meets on Amarnath, border stand-off

IANS | New Delhi |

The Cabinet Committee on Security met here on Wednesday to take stock of the security situation in the wake of the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims and the stand-off with China along the border.

According to government sources, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the meet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The CCS was held prior to the Cabinet meeting.

Seven persons were killed and 19 others injured on Monday night when militants opened fire at a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat rushed to the valley to review the security on Tuesday, while two central ministers – Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir and Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh were sent by the Centre to assess the situation.

A stand-off continues between Indian and Chinese troops since the middle of June on the border in the Sikkim sector.