Srinagar, Sep 18: Seventeen soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice while fighting terrorists who carried out an attack at the armys brigade headquarters in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir. The four terrorists who carried out the attack have been killed.
The attack staged by a fidayeen squad began at 5.20 AM. Choppers were pressed into service as army personnel battled terrorists. Search operations are still on at the site.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag will visit Uri today. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who canceled his Russia visit has called for an emergency meeting.
He also spoke with the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir while taking stock of the situation.At least 20 jawand have been admitted to hospital after they were injured in the attack. [J&K- Uri attack emanated from Pakistan]
The entire state had been placed on high alert. It is however unclear how the terrorists gained access to the area.
The attack was very similar to the one at Pathankot that lasted three days. The security forces are still engaged in a battle with the terrorists. The number of persons injured is 16 officials also say.
In the early hours of 18 September 2016, a group of heavily armed terrorists targeted the rear administrative base of a unit at Uri, Kashmir. In the counter action, four terrorists have been eliminated and combing operations are in progress.
The administrative base had large strength of troops of units turning over after their tour of duty who were stationed in tents/temporary shelters which caught fire, and resulted in heavy casualties. We salute the sacrifice of 17 soldiers who were martyred in the operation.
In my memory #UriAttack single biggest terror attack in 15 years plus. Kaluchak, 2002 worse,but fatalities then were families; now soldiers— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 18, 2016
The #UriAttack also marks the clear return of the Fidayeen as a form of terror; a phenomenon that had somewhat waned about a decade ago— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 18, 2016
Former Army Chief General Shankar Roy Choudhary on NDTV says "Time For India to raise our own Fidayeen" reflecting depth of rage #UriAttack— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 18, 2016