After a deadly attack on the Indian Army base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri district, 17 soldiers were dead while nineteen others were injured. Taking a stock of the situation, Ranbir Singh, Director General Military Operations (DGMO) briefed the media saying the terrorists had certain items that confirm their Pakistani identity.
Early on Sunday, a fidayeen attack on the Army left at least 17 soldiers dead at the rear base of an infantry regiment in Uri. The early morning attack was carried out by four terrorists, all of who have been neutralised. The 12th brigade headquarters at Uri is located close to the Line of Control (LoC). The rear office is where army battalion’s logistic equipment is kept. Para Commandos of the Army from Baramulla were dropped at the site and the injured air lifted soon after daybreak.
Briefing the press about the consequent events, the DGMO said, “13-14 soldiers died primarily because of the fire that engulfed the tents they were residing in, while the others were killed in the gunfire. The terrorists opened fire with incendiary ammunition, which led to tents and temporary shelters located inside the army camp catching fire.”
“We have recovered four AK 47 rifles, four Under Barrel Grenade Launchers and other war like stores from the terrorists. Since terrorists had some items which had Pakistani markings on them,I have spoken to the Pakistan DGMO on same,” added DGMO Singh.
According to the initial reports, JeM could also be involved in this attack, said DGMO Singh.
Singh further said that the Army conducted the entire operation in an efficient and professional manner and a search is still underway around the military complex of Uri for any other suspicious person or activity.
Talking about the arrival of Manohar Parrikar on the field, Singh said, “Defence Minister has landed in Srinagar and is currently being briefed by Army Chief about the ground situation. All intelligence agencies and security forces are working in close synergy.”
“I assure you that Indian army is prepared for any evil design by the adversary and will give a befitting response,” said Singh.
Attacking Pakistan over this, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that he is disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.
Singh, while condemning the attack that caused the death of 17 jawans, tweeted, “Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such. I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.” He further added that those who attacked Uri, were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped.