Tension between India-Pakistan relationship is increasing as 17 soldiers killed and 30 others injured at an Indian Army camp at Uri along the LoC. The four suicide attackers were killed and the Army identified them as the militants belonged to Jaish-e-Muhammed’s Afzal Guru unit.
This was one of the most deadly attacks in the history of Kashmir. On Sunday at 5:30 am the terrorists all of a sudden captured the army camp and firing bullets and hurling hand grenades. After a three hour gun fight the terrorists were killed.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, the Director General of Military Operations said the items with the jihadis had Pakistani markings. Police recovered four AK-47 rifles and four under-barrel grenades from them. The sources of J&K police said GPS, a detailed map, matrix sheet of codes and explosives (RDX & TNT) were also recovered.
Remembering the Pathankot attack
On Jan 2 this year a suicide squad of 6 terrorist dressed in Indian army uniforms and attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station. They killed 7 military persons.
Likewise this time the militants dressed in army uniforms and during the change of command they attacked the camp at around 5:30 am. The soldiers were then resting in their tents.
Within minutes they lobbed grenades and one of which triggered a blast in a diesel dump. Soon after the tents caught fire.
After 3 hours gun battle the 4 terrorists killed at 8:30 am.
India directly blamed Pakistan
India blamed Pakistan for Sunday’s attack which claimed 17 soldiers’ lives. The evidence was the Pakistani markings on the arms which they carried with them.
PM Narendra Modi condemned the attack and called it “cowardly terror attack”. In his twitter post he tweeted, “I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished.”
Home Minister Rajnath Singh strongly remarked this attack called the neighbor country a terrorist state. In his tweet he said “Pakistan is a terrorist state and should be identified and isolated as such.”
Pakistan denied India’s charges
Pakistan contradicted India’s blaming and rejected that the state was involved. Rather, the neighbor country said that immediately after a terror attack India has a “history of blaming Pakistan”.
Nafees Zakaria, the foreign ministry spokesman stated to Reuters, “India immediately puts blame on Pakistan without doing any investigation. We reject this.”
In an interview to a TV channel he said India’s allegation against Pakistan were “totally baseless and irresponsible”.
Home Minister cancelled his foreign trips
Rajnath Singh immediately cancelled his Russia and United States trips and chaired a crisis meeting in New Delhi.
Singh tweeted that the terrorists of the attack was heavily armed, highly trained and specially equipped.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar and the army chief of staff headed for Uri to investigate the attack.
The martyred soldiers
The bodies of the soldiers were flown to their homes. The 17 soldiers who died in the attack, two of them were from Jharkhand, two from Jammu, three from Maharashtra, two from Bengal, four from Uttar Pradesh and one from Rajasthan.
After the deadly Kaluchak attack in 2002 which killed 3 soldiers, 10 civilians and 18 army family members the Uri massacre is the worst terror attack on Army.
Mehbooba Mufti and J&K governor NN Vohra chaired a high level meeting at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar to observe the security situation. The governor mentioned that it is important to increase the security surveillance of all vital civil and military establishments in the state.