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Uri attack: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to visit Srinagar today, Army General to follow

After a prolong gunfire between the security forces and terrorists, 17 army jawans were killed while four terrorists were neutralised.

By: | Published: September 18, 2016 12:06 PM
army-L Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to chair a high-level security meeting regarding the same at his residence today.

In the wake of Uri terror attack, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will today visit Srinagar. A group of militants attacked the administrative base of Indian Army’s battalion unit in Uri, Baramulla around 5 am on Sunday. After a prolong gunfire between the security forces and terrorists, 17 army jawans were killed while four terrorists were neutralised. Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag will also rush to Kashmir regarding the same.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to chair a high-level security meeting regarding the same at his residence today. In a series of tweets, Singh said that he has given instructions to the Home Secretary and other senior officers to monitor the situation closely in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh also tweeted that he has postponed his visits to Russia and the USA in the wake of these attacks.

Explosions and gunfire erupted as the militants attacked the camp, which is located barely few metres away from the Army’s Brigade Headquarters in Uri town, 102 kms from here, around 4 AM, official sources said.

The jawans of the Dogra Regiment were sleeping in a tent which caught fire due the explosion. The fire also engulfed the nearby barracks, the sources said.

“A group of heavily armed terrorists targeted the rear administrative base of a unit at Uri, Kashmir. In the counter action, four terrorists have been eliminated and combing operations are in progress,” the Army said in a statement.

Heavy security and helicopters from the Army’s 19 divisional headquarters in Baramulla have been pressed into service.

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