Seventeen jawans have been killed in the militant attack on the rear office of the infantry battalion of the Indian Army at Uri, Baramulla. Reports suggested that the attack started at 5:15 am on Sunday and after a round of intense firing, four militants were neutralised, said the army spokesperson. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the incident and said that the perpetrators would be brought to justice.
This could well be the highest casualty suffered by the Indian Army in a single militant attack. Combing operations are currently underway in Uri and helicopters have been deployed to search areas close to the site.
In the wake of Uri attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh postponed his trip to United States and Russia. A high level security meet is scheduled at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence at 12:15 pm. Senior MHA and MoD officials are to attend the meeting. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will visit Uri later today.
According to reports, security has been beefed up in Uri and the vital roads that connect the Northern Kashmir town to the Line of Control. The Army had reportedly sent three choppers from army’s 19 divisional headquarters in Baramulla to Uri. Para Commando troops had also been air-dropped into the area to fortify the response by the defence. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will visit Uri later today.