The initial investigation by the Army in the Uri attack that claimed the lives of seventeen jawans indicates the role of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan based terrorist group.
Speaking to media after the attack, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said that he has spoken to his Pakistani counterpart regarding the incident as weapons recovered from the slain terrorists had Pakistan marking.
“Foreign terrorists were behind the attack. Our initial reports indicate the role of JeM. Four AK 47, 4 Under Barrel Grenade Launchers and other war like stores were recovered from the four terrorists who were killed. All the weapons had Pakistan marking,” said Singh.
Singh also said that the Indian Army is ready for a befitting response. “I assure you that Indian army is prepared for any evil design by the adversary and will give a befitting response,” said Singh.
He said that the terrorists had fired incendiary ammunition along with automatic fire of small arms that led to army tents and temporary shelters catching fire.
“There have been a total of 17 Army fatal casualties. Of these, 13-14 casualties have been due to these tents/shelters having caught fire,” he said.
Heavily armed militants stormed the rear office of an infantry battalion of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours, killing 17 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel in the terror strike in which four ultras were neutralised.
It was believed that the attack was the handiwork of a freshly infiltrated group of militants who could have entered along the Salamabad Nallah into the town.
The Home Minister has also called an emergency meeting to review the situation arising out of the terror attack