Cross-border terror: Geography and terrain open up many routes to Uri

The administrative complex and stores that were targeted Sunday are ahead of the main complex of the 12 Infantry Brigade headquarters.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Uri | Updated: September 19, 2016 2:13 pm
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The terrorists who attacked the Army post near the Line of Control in Uri Sunday could have used any of a number of infiltration routes that terrorists had used in the past, officials said. They had used one of these routes in carrying out a similar attack on an Army camp at Mohura, Uri, in December 2014, when eight Army men and three policemen were killed, besides six terrorists.

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The administrative complex and stores that were targeted Sunday are ahead of the main complex of the 12 Infantry Brigade headquarters. The site is 70 to 80 metres from the office of the brigade’s commander and barely 1 km from the nearest civilian settlement. The complex has a three-tier security cover from the Army, the BSF and police.

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Sources said the terrorists could have sneaked through the LoC during the night before carrying out the attack in the early hours. Since the camp is heavily fortified, officials said the terrorists couldn’t have come in from the main town from Hajipeer on the LoC, where they could have been intercepted as the Army has a strong presence there.

The site of the attack is 14 km from the main Uri-Kaman post that is used by the Peace Bus (Caravan-e-Aman) and officials said it is possible that the terrorists used that route to reach the camp.

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Another possibility, officials said, is that the terrorists sneaked through a village called Sukhdar that is 4 kilometres south of the site of the attack. They said this is the shortest route to reach the camp after infiltrating the LoC. Though it is heavily guarded, the sources did not rule out the possibility that the fidayeen risked it.

A third possibility is that the terrorists came through from the southwest, crossed the river Jhelum and travelled via Salamabad towards the Brigade headquarters. However, many BSF and Army camps are located on the way.
Among the various other routes infiltrators have used in the past, some have been via Maiyan and Pattan village north of Uri, Pattan from the west, and Gawhalan Singtung and Silikote from the south.

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Major terror attacks in Jammu & Kashmir

May 14, 2002

31 killed and 48 injured when three militants hijack a tourist bus and storm the Army cantonment at Kaluchak in Jammu

July 22, 2003

8 Army personnel including a Brigadier killed as fidayeen storm Akhnoor camp in Jammu

July 19, 2008

10 soldiers killed and 20 injured in attack on convoy at Narbal on Srinagar-Baramulla highway

June 24, 2013

10 soldiers killed and 12 injured when two terrorists attack convoy in Srinagar

September 25, 2013

9 security personnel, including four policemen and three army jawans, killed in twin terrorist attacks in Jammu’s Samba and Kathua

December 5, 2014

8 soldiers and 3 policemen killed when six militants storm Army brigade headquarters at Uri

June 26, 2016

8 CRPF men killed and 22 others injured when terrorists attack a CRPF convoy at Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. Two terrorists killed in the attack