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Uri attack: Army talks tough, says India reserves right to retaliate

Army said on Monday India reserves the right to retaliate at time and place of its choosing following the attack on an army base in Kashmir’s Uri town on Sunday.

UriTerrorAttack Updated: Sep 19, 2016 20:39 IST
Rahul Singh
Army officers move inside the Uri Army Brigade Camp.
Army officers move inside the Uri Army Brigade Camp.(PTI Photo)

India reserves the right to retaliate at a time and place of its choosing, the army said on Monday, a day after heavily armed militants attacked an army base in north Kashmir.

Addressing a press conference, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, the director general of military operations (DGMO), said the combing operation has been called off and the area has been cleared after the brazen strike that led to the death of 18 soldiers.

“We have the desired capability to reply to such blatant act of violence in a manner as deemed appropriate by us,” he reiterated.

He said four AK rifles, four grenade launchers and four under barrel grenade launchers were recovered from the site.

The recoveries include large quantity of food and medicine packets with markings of Pakistan, he said, a day after pointing out that the militants could be from the Pakistan-based JeM.

The Uri attack has led to calls for an aggressive response, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowing to punish those behind the “cowardly” and “despicable” attack.

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Sources said Sunday’s raid was part of a fresh wave of infiltration by militants from across the Line of Control, the heavily militarised de-facto border with Pakistan.

“During 2016, there have been a total of 17 infiltration bids across the LoC, which have been successfully eliminated by Indian Army,” Lt Gen Singh said at Monday’s press conference.

“It indicates a very desperate attempt from across the border to push infiltrators into India with a view to create disturbance.”

He said that “of a total of 110 terrorists killed during various operations this year, 31 were killed while they were attempting to cross the LoC.”

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