New Delhi, Sept 20: It was all over in a matter of 12 minutes. Three terrorists were killed and 17 Jawans were martyred in a matter of 12 minutes in Uri on Sunday. Militants of the Jaish-e-Mohammad struck at an army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, in what has been termed as one of the worst attacks on the army in recent times.
The four militants who launched the attack, according to investigations, knew the layout of the camp well. This has led to the suspicion that they had enough information on the camp and possibility of them taking help from a mole has not been ruled out.
A team of the National Investigation Agency is at Uri to probe how three levels of security had been breached by the terrorists.
The other aspect under probe is whether intelligence was ignored. The Intelligence Bureau says that there were enough signals suggesting that terrorists would carry out a major attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the intelligence was not specific in nature, officials claim.
All in a matter of 12 minutes:
The terrorists dressed in army fatigues with their hair cut short had infiltrated into India late on Saturday. They cut a fence before gaining access to the base. They first moved towards the cook house and fired grenades and bullets. The firing on the diesel barrels caused the fire.
As the fire spread to the tents in which the soldiers were present, four terrorists continued to fire. The army managed to kill three terrorists in just 12 minutes. The jawans too caught in the fire were martyred at the same time. In the next few minutes the fourth terrorist was also gunned down by security forces.
Officials say that the terrorists were disguised as army personnel. They did not look like members of a suicide squad. Only after the encounter when the bodies were inspected did the officials find that their chests were clean shaven. This is a ritual that the fidayeens carry out before embarking upon a suicide mission.