Uri Attack: Militants target jawans in pre-dawn strike, 17 soldiers martyred - 10 developments
The terrorists had fired incendiary ammunition along with automatic fire of small arms that led to army tents and temporary shelters catching fire.
Srinagar: Seventeen jawans were martyred early on Sunday when a group of four heavily-armed militants launched a pre-dawn attack on an Army camp in Uri, Kashmir. Initial reports point Pakistan-based JeM's hand in the attack.
Here are the ten latest developments:
1. The Army base, where the attack took place, is located barely a few kilometres from the Line of Control (LoC) and some 70 km from Srinagar.
2. The attack took place around 5.30 am at the administrative base of the 10 Dogra regiment. It took three hours to neutralise all four terrorists.
3. Most of the casualties resulted from the fire in tents in which jawans were sleeping. The jawans of the Dogra Regiment were sleeping in a tent which caught fire due the explosion. The fire also engulfed the nearby barracks.
4. The camp is located barely few metres away from the Army's Brigade Headquarters in Uri town.
5. Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag rushed to Uri followed soon by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who cut short his Goa visit. Parrikar was briefed at the Army's headquarters in Srinagar.
5. DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh called up his counterpart in Pakistan expressing "serious concerns" over Pakistani marking found on the equipment used by four "foreign" terrorists.
6. Lt Gen Singh said that all four killed were foreign terrorists and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-E-Mohammed tanzeem.
7. Leaders across the political spectrum, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, condemned the attack.
8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed those responsible "will not go unpunished”.
9. Blaming Pakistan for the attack, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it is a "terrorist state" and should be isolated.
10. President Pranab Mukherjee said India will not be cowed down by such attacks and that it will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers.