Srinagar, Sep 18: Militants affiliated to Pakistan-based anti-India jihad outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad launched a vicious attack against the Indian army on Sunday. Four militants stormed into an army camp in Ura in the morning at 4:30 AM to execute their fidayeen operation. The terrorists were neutralised at 8:30 AM. 17 Indian army jawans were martyred in the attack. Nearly 12 are critically injured. Although, India is mulling options to launch a crackdown on those orchestrating the attack, the immediate concern should be to nab other infiltrators who had reportedly sneaked into the borders along with this group of four militants. As per India Today, two other fidayeen groups with 3-5 terrorists each were part of the heavy infiltration carried out in Uri sector. Also Read - China Building Makeshift Hospital For Pakistan to Treat Coronavirus Patients
While one of the fidayeen groups have moved towards the Poonch sector, the second one is yet to be traced. Need of the hour for the security forces is to track down the terrorists who could launch yet another assault against the security forces. The terrorists could also escape to other parts of the nation to carry out a terror attack. According to defence experts, the jihadist outfits in Pakistan aim to send a large number of their cadres to the Indian-administered region of Kashmir before the beginning of winter. Due to snowfall, the possibilities of infiltration gets severely restricted for at least four months. Also Read - Coronavirus: In Letter to UNSC, Pakistan Highlights 'Dire Human Rights Situation' in Jammu And Kashmir
The terrorists who have infiltrated into Kashmir could remain dormant and work towards strengthening the network of Hizbul Mujahideen, the homegrown jihadi outfit led by hardline separatist Syed Salahuddin. While militant cadres in Kashmir were dominated out largely by Pakistani infiltrators since the past decade, the number of homegrown militants have shot up in the past two years. More than 25 militants have been recruited this year. Also Read - COVID-19: Pakistan Says Situation Under Control as Coronavirus Cases Rise to 1,526
According to India Today, the militants who stormed inside the army camp in Uri had alternative plans. Their initial idea was to enter into the officer’s mess. The militants could had planned their attack inside the camp in a more skilfull manner had they taken refuge inside the mess in the wee hours of the day. The similar tactic was used in Pathankot, where the confrontation lasted for multiple hours as the militants had holed themselves up.
However, India Today claims that the fidayeens entered the army barracks instead, and began firing random shots at the dozens of jawans present. Within 3 minutes, 17 grenade bombs were hurled within the camp. This led to a massive fire in the barrack. 13 soldiers died due to the burn injuries. Those soldiers in critical condition are also being treated for the burn injuries they sustained.
In the combing operations, a map was obtained whose contents were written in Pashtun, the language which is predominantly used in North West Frontier Region.
Indian establishment has been rattled by the cross-border terror attack. After Pathankot, this is considered to be another huge provocation by elements within Pakistan. Indications have been given that government would take considerable efforts to give a befitting reply to those who orchestrated the attack.