A deadly gunfight in Kashmir’s Uri district today led tmartyro the death 17 army jawans while nineteen other personnel were injured. In the wee hours of Sunday, 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 Srinagar around 4 AM, official sources said.
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Special prayers were also offered for the soldiers in Lucknow.
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.
“The administrative base had large strength of troops of units turning over after their tour of duty who were stationed in tents/temporary shelters which caught fire, and resulted in heavy casualties. We salute the sacrifice of 17 soldiers who were martyred in the operation,” the Army said in a statement.
Terming the terrorist strike in Uri as a “deplorable affront” on national conscience, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today hoped that the perpetrators of the attack will be brought to book. “Congress President Sonia Gandhi has expressed shock and deep distress over the martyrdom of Indian soldiers in the dastardly terrorist attack in Uri,” the party said in a statement.