With 17 army soldiers dead while fighting militants at the Army base in Uri today, United States Ambassador to India, Richard Verma sent his condolences for the families of the dead and condemned the attack at the same time.
In the wee hours of Sunday, terrorists attacked Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri area, killing 17 soldiers while injuring 19 others. The camp is located barely few metres away from the Indian Army’s Brigade Headquarters in Uri town. Many soldiers from the Dogra Regiment were stationed there and the attack led to tents catching fire. The fire spread to other barracks and this is being seen as the main reason for so many soldiers being martyred.
We strongly condemn the terror attack in Uri, J&K. Our thoughts are with the families of the brave soldiers who lost their lives #UriAttack
— Rich Verma (@USAmbIndia) September 18, 2016
“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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his condolences and said the perpetrators of the attack will not go unpunished and that all those who lost their lives while fighting will always be remembered.