17 men died Sunday morning. They had no reason to be there except for the love of their country. This cowardly attack by a group of heavily armed terrorist on the administrative base of one of the units of Indian Army at Uri in the wee hours of Sunday morning killing 17 soldiers has been condemned by one and all.
The Unfortunate Incident:
According to the DGMO, a group of heavily armed terrorists opened fire on an administrative base of one of the units of Indian Army at Uri in Kashmir at approximately 0530 hours this morning.
The firefight between the terrorists and Army Personnel continued till approximately 0830 hours, during which four terrorists have been killed.
All four killed were Foreign Terrorists and had some items with them which had Pakistani markings.
The DGMO said he has spoken to his Pakistani counterpart and conveyed India’s serious concerns on the incident.
The terrorists fired incendiary ammunition along with automatic fire of small arms that led to army tents / temporary shelters catching fire. The tents located in the complex were to house additional troops inducted due to routine turnover of units.
17 Army fatal casualties, said the statement from the DGMO. Of these, 13 – 14 casualties have been due to these tents/ shelters having caught fire.
“I must mention that the operation for clearance of the area is still in progress and a very deliberate search is being carried out of the entire area around the Military Complex in Uri. As such, complete details of the operation are not yet available. However, the operation is being carried out by the Indian Army in a very professional manner and the Army personnel have displayed exceptionally high standards of courage and gallantry while neutralizing the terrorists,” he added
“I would also like to mention that all the intelligence agencies are working in close synergy with the Security forces and regular intelligence inputs are received from concerned agencies and necessary action is being taken accordingly.
— ANI (@ANI_news) September 18, 2016
Have the Terrorists Been Identified
Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed tanzeem.
Four AK 47 rifles and four Under Barrel Grenade Launchers along with a large number of other war like stores were recovered from them. “Since the terrorists had some items with Pakistani markings, I have spoken to Pakistan DGMO and conveyed our serious concerns on the same,” DGMO said.
India’s Readies to Give A Befitting Reply
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the nation that “those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished.” “We salute all those martyred in Uri. Their service to the nation will always be remembered. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Have spoken to Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) and Raksha Mantri (Manohar Parrikar) on the situation. Raksha Mantri will go to J&K himself to take stock of the situation”, the Prime Minister said in the morning shortly after the attack.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that those behind this terror incident would be brought to justice. “Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such. There are definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped,” he said.
Rajnath Singh expressed his deep disappointment with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.
I have apprised the PM Shri @narendramodi regarding the deliberations of the security review meeting held at my residence this afternoon
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 18, 2016
On its part, the Director General of Military Operations, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said, “We salute the supreme sacrifice made by our brave soldiers following the highest traditions of Indian Army. Finally, I would like to assure you that the Indian Army remains prepared to thwart any nefarious designs and any evil designs of the adversary shall be given a befitting reply.”
The COAS Gen Dalbir Singh visited the site of operation and took an ‘on the ground’ assessment of the situation. Raksha Mantri currently in Srinagar was also updated by the COAS on the situation.