Uri terror attack: NIA to visit Srinagar, begin probe

Uri terror attack: NIA is slated to visit Srinagar on Monday and the next course of action would be decided by the Home Ministry.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2016 12:17 pm
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The National Investigation Agency will arrive in Srinagar on Monday to investigate the Uri terror attack, that left 17 jawans martyred.

Sunday’s attack carried out by four terrorists at the army camp in Uri took place at the rear office of the infantry battalion in Uri. Security forces killed all four terrorists in an encounter that ended a little after 8 am. Combing operations were also conducted following reports that there could be at least two more terrorists in the vicinity.

Preliminary investigation by the army suggested that the militants belonged to the Pakistan-based militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the terror attack in Uri saying that those behind the attack would not be spared. In a series of tweets, PM Modi said he had spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

While Singh slammed Pakistan for the attack calling the country a “terrorist state”, Parrikar said the loss of 17 soldiers would not go in vain. A number of political leaders criticised Pakistan for “aiding and abetting” extremist forces. Pakistan has denied any involvement in the attack.

On Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level review meeting with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, MoS Home Jitendra Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval Intelligence Bureau Chief Dineshwar Sharma, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and Director General of Military Operations Lt General Ranbir Singh.

On Sunday, Rajnath Singh had held a similar meeting with top officials on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.