17 brave Indian soldiers martyred in Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attack
New Delhi: The Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh briefing the media on the terrorist attack at Army Camp, in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on September 18, 2016.
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. 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.
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. There have been a total of 17 Army fatal casualties. 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.
Since the terrorists had some items with Pakistani markings, I have spoken to Pakistan DGMO and conveyed our serious concerns on the same. 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. The COAS has visited the site of operation and taken an 'on the ground' assessment of the situation. The Hon'ble Raksha Mantri is also currently on his way to Srinagar and shall be updated by the COAS on the situation.
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.
PM strongly condemns terror attack in Uri
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the terror attack this morning in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir. “We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure 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 and Raksha Mantri on the situation. Raksha Mantri will go to J&K himself to take stock of the situation”, the Prime Minister said.
President of India Strongly condemns terrorist in Uri
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Army Base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir. In series of tweets, the President has said, “Strongly condemn outrageous terrorist attack on Army base in Uri; tributes to brave soldiers who made supreme sacrifice. Heartfelt condolences to families of those bereaved in Uri terrorist attack; prayers for speedy recovery of injured. India will not be cowed down by such attacks, we will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers”.
Vice President strongly condemns Uri terror attack
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Army Administrative Base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir. In a message, he said that such attacks are the result of the use of cross-border terrorism by one particular country in our region.
Following is the text of Vice President’s message:
“I am deeply shocked at the terrorist attack on Army Administrative Base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir today. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those whose loved ones have been killed. Such attacks are the result of the use of cross-border terrorism by one particular country in our region. We shall deal with such provocations in a befitting manner.”
Home Minister Reviews Security Situation in J&K
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with National Security Advisor, Home Secretary and other senior officials. Shri Rajnath Singh expressed his distress at the terror incident in Uri and the loss of 17 brave soldiers martyred and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured. Extending his condolences to the families of the martyred, the Home Minister 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. Shri Rajnath Singh expressed his deep disappointment with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.
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