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Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Bus driver Saleem Mirza hail as hero for saving 50 passengers

Saleem, bus driver, who managed to save 50 people when the vehicle came under terror attack. Photo: ANI

SURAT: Amarnath Yatra bus driver Sheikh Salim Mirza whose bus came under attack in Kashmir’s Anantnag managed to save lives of as many passengers as he could after the bus attacked by terrorists.

He acted bravely and moved to the safe spot to save the lives of almost 50 passengers.

“Allah helped me and gave me strength to keep moving, and I just did not stop. The firing went on and on, so I didn’t stop. I kept driving,” said Salim, who is being held up by many as an example of humanity beyond religion.

Javed Mirza, Saleem’s cousin narrating the tragic incident said that he received a call from him around 9:30 PM informing about the attack. Saleem did not stop there when terrorists fired, only looked for a safer spot without caring about his life he saved 50 pilgrims lives.

Survivors from the attack recounted how Mirza had saved their lives by continuing to drive through the hail of bullets.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said he would nominate Mirza for a bravery award. Of the seven dead, five were from Gujarat, and the bus was registration from the state.

“We want to thank the bus driver who saved many lives amid heavy firing. The Gujarat government will nominate Saleem for the bravery award with the central government,” Rupani told the media at the airport where he had come to receive the remains of the pilgrims.

At least seven people were killed and 21 others were injured in the attack where the terrorists opened fire at a bus ferrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Batingoo near Anantnag district last night.

With agencies input