Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Pak terrorists strike Army’s Uri brigade HQs, 17 jawans die

MK Shukla | September 18, 2016 11:16 am Print
The condition of eight jawans is stated to be critical. A total of 17 Army jawans is said to have died in the attack
File Pix : Indian army during a anti terror operation in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistani terrorists are said to have attacked the army’s brigade headquarters in Uri town in J&K this Sunday morning. The condition of eight jawans is stated to be critical. A total of 17 Army jawans is said to have died  in the attack . Four terrorists were also gunned down at 12th Army brigade headquarters at Uri sector near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday morning. The gun battle lasted for more than five hours and currently the jawans are engaged in sanitizing the area.

Twenty army jawans were also injured in attack and they were rushed to a nearby hospital. “Conditions of three of them are stated to be critical,” sources said. The entire state has been put on high alert.

The brigade headquarters is situated in Uri town of north Kashmir Baramulla district close to the Line of Control.
“Militants seem to have entered the camp where intense firing and explosions were going on”, a senior police officer said. The presence of 3-4 terrorists is suspected. To deal with them, Para Commandos of the Army have been rushed. Police said militants, whom number and identity were yet unknown, attacked the headquarters of the 12 Brigade around 5.30 a.m.

HM Rajnath Singh has called an emergency meeting. His foreign visit stands cancelled.

Singh was to leave for Russia on Sunday for a four-day visit. After Russia, he was to leave on a week-long visit to the U.S on September 27 to attend the Homeland Security Dialogue. A message posted by the Home Minister’s Twitter handle said, “Keeping the situation of Jammu and Kashmir in mind and in the wake of terror attack in Uri, I have postponed my visits to Russia and the USA.” “I have given instructions to the Home Secretary and other senior officers in MHA to closely monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” another tweet by  Singh said.

 Singh also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the situation arising out of the terror strike in Uri. “They have apprised me of the security situation in the state,” he said.