Uri attack: Will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers, says President Pranab Mukherjee

Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters 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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2016 5:09 pm
uri attack, uri terror attack, pranab mukherjee, president condemns uri attack, india news, indian express, uri, kashmir, pakistan terror atack India will not be cowed down by such attacks, we will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers,” tweeted Mukherjee.

Pained by the killing of seventeen jawans by terrorists in Jammu Kashmir’s Uri region on Sunday morning, President Pranab Mukherjee has said that “India will not be cowed down by such attacks”.

“Strongly condemn outrageous terrorist attack on Army base in Uri; tributes to brave soldiers who made supreme sacrifice. Heartfelt condolences to families of those bereaved in Uri terrorist attack; prayers for speedy recovery of injured. India will not be cowed down by such attacks, we will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers,” tweeted Mukherjee.

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.

The attack comes two years after militants had carried out a similar type of attack at Mohra in the same area. Ten security personnel were killed in the attack that took place on December 5, 2014.

It is 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 postponed his scheduled visit to Russia and the United States in the wake of the attack in Uri and the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the situation arising out of the terror strike in Uri.

(With inputs from PTI)