Smoke rises from an Indian Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Smoke rises from an Indian Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

17 soldiers killed as terror strikes Kashmir, PM Modi vows action

Heavily armed militants attacked a strategically important military base in north Kashmir’s Uri on Sunday morning and killed 17 soldiers, the worst single strike on the army in 26 years.
By Toufiq Rashid and Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Hindustan Times, Srinagar/jammu
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2016 05:00 PM IST

-- 17 soldiers killed in one of the deadliest attacks on Indian Army

-- Four militants confirmed killed after penetrating the base in Uri near the Line of Control with Pakistan

-- The dawn raid surprised soldiers in their sleep; militants set fire to one building before being killed

-- Home minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to political and military leadership and instructed senior officials to monitor the situation

Militants attacked a strategic army base in north Kashmir’s Uri on Sunday and killed 17 soldiers, squeezing the space for an Indo-Pak dialogue and triggering calls for a fierce retaliation against Islamabad, seen to be behind the strike.

Four “fidayeen” - or commando-style gunmen willing to fight to the death - were confirmed killed after sneaking into the base near the Line of Control with Pakistan, the worst single attack on the army in 26 years.

More than 30 soldiers were injured, many of them critically, stoking fears that the death toll will rise.

The strike jeopardised hopes of peace returning quickly to the Valley that has been rocked by two months of violent protests that have killed 86 people and injured thousands.

Sources said the attack was part of a fresh wave of infiltration by militants who the government blames for instigating Kashmiris and stirring unrest.

“We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

Read: Live updates on Uri attack

Home minister Rajnath Singh hit out at Pakistan, calling it a terror state that needed to be “identified and isolated”.

“I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups,” he tweeted.

Soon after Singh pointed a finger at Pakistan, its foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria dismissed the accusation.“India immediately puts blame on Pakistan without doing any investigation. We reject this,” Zakaria told Reuters.

Many other army veterans demanded counter-terror operations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The base housed 12,000 troops stationed in temporary tents and shelters that caught fire in the encounter and caused the high number of casualties, a statement released from the army’s northern command headquarters of Udhampur said.

The dawn raid surprised soldiers in their sleep as attackers set fire to a building. The blaze killed 12 soldiers and the rest died in the gunfight, sources added.

Television footage showed helicopters flying to evacuate the injured as smoke billowed from the base.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said he will visit Uri and home minister Rajnath Singh cancelled scheduled trips to Russia and the United States and called an emergency meeting. Army chief Dalbir Singh and northern command head DS Hooda also rushed to Uri.

Read: Uri terror attack: Rajnath postpones Russia, US visits; calls emergency meeting

The attack is likely to further roil Kashmir that army sources say has seen scores of infiltration attempts since protests broke out against insurgent leader Burhan Wani’s killing in July.

The extremists sneaked into the camp at 5.30am and used guns and grenades to target soldiers, triggering a fierce gun battle that raged on for hours.

The camp is inhabited by soldiers who mostly guard the LoC. The garrison can be approached from three sides, one of which is just six kilometers away from the de-facto border with Pakistan. Police sources said there were intelligence inputs regarding a possible attack.

Army sources said one battalion was being moved after their tour of duty and another was taking over – with many soldiers staying in transit tents that caught fire in the initial stage of the encounter.

A militant raid in December 2014, also near Uri, had killed eight soldiers and three policemen. In February, the army lost three soldiers in the deadliest suicide bomber attack in Srinagar in many years.

Read | 7 militants, one policeman killed as 3 infiltration bids are foiled in J-K

Deadliest attacks on security forces
  • May 22, 2016
    Casualty: Six soldiers of 29 Assam Rifles
    Location: Chandel district in Manipur

  • January 2, 2016
    Casualty: Seven security personnel and four attackers killed
    Location: Pathankot Air Force Station

  • June 4, 2015
    Casualty: 18 armymen killed and at least 16 injured
    Location: Army convoy ambushed in Manipur’s Chandel district

  • December 5, 2014
    Casualty: Eight army and three police personnel; eight militants; and two civilians
    Location: Separate attacks in Uri, Ahmadnagar, Shopian and Pulwama

  • June 24, 2013
    Casualty: 10 armymen
    Location: Hyderpora, outskirts of Srinagar

  • July 19, 2008
    Casualty: 10 armymen
    Location: IED blast at Narbal Crossing, outskirts of Srinagar

  • June 24, 2005
    Casualty: Nine soldiers killed, and 21 others injuried
    Location: Rashtriya Rifles convoy targeted along the Dal Lake, Srinagar

  • May 23, 2004
    Casualty: At least 30 people, including 19 BSF personnel, killed
    Location: IED explosion at Lower Munda, near Qazigund, on the Srinagar-Jammu highway

  • June 28, 2003
    Casualty: 12 soldiers killed
    Location: Suicide attack on army installation at the Dogra Regiment camp in Sunjwan, on the outskirts of Jammu city

  • May 14, 2002
    Casualty: 34 people, including 22 army men, killed
    Location: Militants stormed an army camp and attacked families of soldiers at Kaluchak, about 10 km from Jammu
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