A group of militant attacked an Indian Army camp in Uri, near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The attack took place during the early morning of 18th September around 5am. It is said to be one of the deadliest attack on the Indian Army in Kashmir in two decades.
17 army personnel were killed in the Uri attack and more than 20 injured. The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti had said that the attack was aimed to trigger violence and create a warlike situation in the region.
India’s Defense Minister, Manohar Parikkar hastened to Kashmir to meet the injured soldiers and analyze the situation of Uri. He also stated that the deaths of 17 soldiers will not go in vain and asked the army to take stringent actions against those responsible for the attack. Home Minister RajNath Singh, who was to leave for Russia for a four day long trip followed by a week long trip to the USA to attend the Homeland Security Dialogue, cancelled his trip.
Kashmir has long been a reason of dispute between India and Pakistan with Pakistan forcefully claiming its right over Kashmir resulting in frequent clashes between the two countries.
Islamic militants from Pakistan are suspected behind this horrific attack. Lieutenant Ranbir Singh, the Director General of military operations, said that the derived evidence suggested that the militants belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist group. Many people from different parts of India have protested against Pakistan and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take strict actions against Pakistan. While Pakistan is in a state of denial, there is a conclusive evidence to its role in the terror attack in Uri, said a senior Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and further held a meeting today to discuss the courses of action following the Uri attack.
The spokesperson of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement condemning the attack and expressing his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers. He also wished speedy recovery to the soldiers injured during the attack and hoped that the attackers will be identified and brought to justice.