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Clear Pakistan link to Uri attack, militants highly trained: Army

Says attackers were looking for civilian targets

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: December 8, 2014 8:49:21 am
Daughter of Lt Colonel Sankalp Kumar pays tribute to him in Ranchi on Sunday. (Source: PTI photo) Daughter of Lt Colonel Sankalp Kumar pays tribute to him in Ranchi on Sunday. (Source: PTI photo)

The Army Sunday said there was an “unambiguous and clear” Pakistan link to the militant attack in Uri in which 11 security personnel, including eight soldiers, were killed, and that those who carried it out were trained like “Special Forces”.

“The Pakistan link to the Uri terror attack was unambiguous and clear,” said GoC 15 Corps Lt Gen Subrata Saha.

“The pictures of food, weapons, even antiseptic creams found on the slain terrorists were enough evidence to see the involvement of Pakistan in these attacks.”

The Army officer also said the militants involved in the Friday attack were looking for “civilian targets”.

“These terrorists were highly-trained like Special Forces. The kind of ammunition they were carrying shows they were in for a big haul,” he said. “The aim of militants must have been to come and strike at civilian targets to cause fear and disrupt the peaceful conditions during ongoing Assembly polls.”

He also rejected the charge that the militant attack was possible because of the failure of counter-infiltration grid along the Line of Control, saying the fact that all the six assailants have “been eliminated” shows success of the security grid.

“Had that been the case, they (militants) could have attacked the civilian targets that they were looking for,” he said.

“They (militants) came and banged against this position of ours and in a span of barely 60 odd meters, all of them were neutralised”.

On PM Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Srinagar on Monday for addressing a poll rally, GoC Saha said the security grid is in place and the forces are “alert to counter any insurgency”.

“You are probably listening to some surveillance operation which is going on at top (helicopters). The grid is very much in place and it is highly effective,” he said.

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