New Delhi, Sep 18: In a deadly attack that took place at a camp close to headquarter of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla District, 17 brave soldiers were martyred early on Sunday morning and about 30 soldiers were injured in the deadly attack. It was reported that the Army gunned down all the terrorists who sneaked into the base around 5:30 am. As per reports, this is the biggest infiltration where three fidayeen groups infiltrated the Line of Control and entered Uri. Out of the three groups, one group went to Poonch, second targeted Uri sector and third group in still untraced.
Uri town in Baramulla district is located just a few kilometres from the LOC. These militants threw several grenades and opened fired at the base where 17 grenades exploded in just 3 minutes. Tents and shelters in 150 metre area were burnt and 13 soldiers were burnt alive. “A group of heavily armed terrorists targeted the rear administrative base of a unit at Uri, Kashmir. In the counter action, four terrorists were eliminated and combing operations are in progress,” the Army said in a statement. Army officials believe militants crossed the Line of Control hours earlier and were waiting somewhere nearby.
Of the 17 martyred, 15 belonged from advance party of 6th battalion of the Bihar Regiment, and two from 10th Dogra. This attack is however, the deadliest in recent years. In a similar incident that took place on December 5, 2014, militants carried out a similar type of attack at Mohra, Uri where ten security personnel were killed. (ALSO READ: Uri terror attack: Time for Narendra Modi to speak with the ‘other’ Sharif of Pakistan)
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the attack appeared to be aimed at creating a “war-like situation” in the region. The Indian army has confirmed the death of 17 army jawans, making it one of the biggest army casualties in recent times. “J&K has always been worst victim of Indo-Pak hostility & its people have been paying a colossal price for same for past over six decades”.(ALSO READ: Uri terror attack: Rajnath Singh condemns terror strike, says ‘Pakistan is a terrorist state should be identified and isolated’)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter and condemned the deadly attack. In his tweet he assured the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished. Home Minister Rajnath Singh cancelled his Russia and United States trip due to the situation prevailing in the Valley.
India has witnessed such deadly terror attacks even in the past.
- Beginning with the Pathankot air base attack, 6 heavily-armed Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked Pathankot air base in January. The attack was seen soon after Modi unexpected visit to Pakistan. The attack claimed lives of seven security forces personnel.
- In another similar terrorist attack, eight CRPF jawans were killed and at least 20 were injured when militants attacked their convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway near Pampore In June. Lashkar-e-Toiba claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was carried out by a two-member fidayeen group. Earlier on June 3, three personnel were killed when Hizbul Mujahideen militants targeted a BSF convoy at Bijbhera.
- In July, another incident was reported from Kupwara where the Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid in Kupwara district near the LoC in July taking life of a soldier.
- Hizbul Mujahideen attacked an Army convoy near Srinagar-Baramulla highway killing eight people and injuring 22 on August 17. Prior to the attack, militants had lobbed a grenade on the Kakapora police station in Pulwama district that left five policemen injured.
- On September 9, militants attacked a CRPF camp in Pulwama district. The faced retaliation from Army and thus fled. No casualty or damage was reported in this attack. In August, a policeman was shot dead outside his home by few militants in Pulwama while he was leaving for his duty.
- In another similar incident, 18 police and paramilitary personnel were injured in Pulwama. The militants were reported hurling a grenade towards security forces near the Government Degree College Pulwama.
While speaking to ANI, Director General of Military Operations, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, said the terrorists had “items of Pakistani markings”. He further added saying that the terrorists were all foreigners and there are clear signs of the role of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), whose chief Masood Azhar is based in Pakistan. Four AK 47 rifles, grenade launchers and a large number of grenades have been found in search ops, he was quoted saying by ANI. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh further said that the Indian army is carrying out deliberate and methodical search of area in and around military complex in Uri and stated that the Indian army has conducted the entire operation in a deliberate and professional manner.