Uri Attack: 17 soldiers, 4 terrorists killed
Kashmir: 17 soldiers lost their lives and four terrorists gunned down in Uri encounter in North Kashmir. (Read: Militants attack Army in Uri; Rajnath puts off foreign tour). 19 other soldiers were reportedly injured in the terrorist attack.
A statement has been released by the army commander’s press office saying that around four to five terrorists entered Uri town on Sunday early morning and had managed to reach the administrative wing of the unit. After the terrorists entered the town, the security forces engaged the terrorists in an encounter and in the crossfire all terrorist were gunned down.
The administrative base has a large strength of security officials and many of them were turning off their duty at the time of attack. At this point, the terrorists set the tent and the bunkers on fire which caused high casualty.
The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag are rushing to Kashmir. In the meanwhile Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called for an emergency meeting to review the situation arising out of the terror attack.
Losing as high as 17 soldiers in these kinds of terror attacks is extremely worrying for Indian Army. They will have to reshuffle their operating procedures and security parameters around the LOC.