Jammu: In one of the worst casualties suffered by the Indian Army in recent times, a fidayeen attack left at least 17 soldiers dead at the rear base of an infantry regiment in Uri. The early morning attack on Sunday was carried out by four terrorists, all of who were neutralised. One another Jawan succumbes to his injuries on Monday morning.
The rear office of 12th brigade headquarters at Uri is located close to the Line of Control (LoC) was attacked by the terrorists. The rear office is where army battalion’s logistic equipment is kept. Para Commandos of the Army from Baramulla were dropped at the site and the injured air lifted soon after daybreak.
Preliminary reports suggest that the attack was carried out by Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad. Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, sternly warned of an action against those who were responsible for the attack.
According to the statement by Army, 13-14 soldiers were killed because the temporary tents they we staying in caught fire during the attack.