The Uri terror attack that left 17 Army personnel dead and 20 injured early on Sunday morning has invited condemnation and solidarity for India from the international community.
Four heavily armed terrorists sneaked into the administrative buildings and store complex of an infantry battalion in Uri, home of the 12 Infantry Brigade, near the Line of Control (LoC).
The four terrorists were gunned down by Army personnel after a three-hour gunbattle, and a combing operation was underway. The Army said its initial findings suggested that the terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad and had come from across the LoC.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the Uri militant attack in Kashmir. “The United Nations is following developments closely and shares the concerns of people living in the region for peace,” a statement issued by Ban’s spokesperson here said.
Earlier on Sunday, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson spoke to External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi. He condemned the terror attack adding that UK stands shoulder to shoulder with India in defeating terrorism.
John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and State Department spokesperson said in the statement released by the US embassy in New Delhi, “The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir during the early morning of September 18. We extend our condolences to the victims and their families. The United States is committed to our strong partnership with the Indian government to combat terrorism.”
US ambassador to India, Richard Verma, also “strongly condemned” the Uri attack. “We strongly condemn the terror attack in Uri, J&K. Our
thoughts are with the families of the brave soldiers who lost their lives #UriAttack,” he tweeted.
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as the head of the Non-Aligned Movement, also expressed solidarity with the people of India “who have suffered a terrorist attack.”
“We are committed along with our brotherly people of the world to get into the depth of this problem that has generated proliferation of terrorist movements, which doesn’t respect life and the need for coexistence of people,” he said at a press conference after the NAM summit in Margarita Island on Sunday.
The UN is preparing to hold its annual general assembly in New York, where Kashmir is likely to come onto the agenda amid concerns that India’s tough rhetoric could herald a military escalation between the old foes.