17 soldiers Martyred, 4 militants killed in Uri Attack

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Update at 11:00 am: Four militants killed in an encounter operation at Uri. 17 soldiers also got killed in an gunfight. Combing ops in prog. – SOURCE ANI

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Update at 10:25 am: Army has gunned down four fidayeen militants during the ongoing encounter inside the Brigade headquarter in Uri.

During heavy gunfight with militants, army commandos have gunned down four militants. Searches inside the brigade headquarter is on, as per the reports.

Update at 10:  smoke rising from the camp, which is on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway. Some army barracks have reportedly caught fire and loud explosions were also heard in the area.

Two jawans have reportedly been martyred, said defence sources.

The sources said the six injured soldiers were airlifted from the border town to the army’s base hospital in Srinagar city as heavy firing continued inside the camp which was attacked around 5.30 a.m. by fidayeen (suicide) militants.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he has postponed a visit to Russia and the US that was to have started today.

“Spoke to Governor and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir regarding the terror attack in Uri. They have apprised me of the security situation in the state,” he tweeted.

Explosions were heard at the rear office of the Indian Army’s battalion at Uri, Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. According to preliminary reports, militants stormed the office and intense firing is underway to neutralise them.

The 12th brigade headquarters at Uri is located close to the Line of Control (LoC). Army spokesman in Srinagar said that the militants have targetted rear administrative echelons of Army in Uri. The rear office is where army battalion’s logistic equipment is kept. The attack took place at wee hours in the morning. Para Commandos of the Army have also been dropped at the site.

The police suspects it to be a fidayeen attack. Around three to four militants are suspected to be inside the complex. According to sources, atleast 16 Jawans may have been injured.

Sources said that the militants, number not known. opened fire on the camp at 5.30 AM in the morning. They are said to have entered the camp and intense firing is on. Some barracks have also caught fire.

 

 

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