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At least 17 jawans killed, four militants neutralised in attack at Army base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri

JAMMU: Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours on Sunday, killing 17 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel in the terror strike in which four ultras were neutralised.

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Terror struck an Army camp in North Kashmir’s Uri town when militants stormed a battalion headquarters in the wee hours on Sunday, The attack took place at 5:30 am this morning inside army’s Uri brigade and the number of militants was believed to be three.

“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.

“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 statement said.

Helicopters were pressed into service to deploy Special Forces of the Army and to evacuate the injured. The injured army men have been rushed to Army base hospital in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has instructed Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other senior officers in the Ministry of Home Affairs to closely monitor the situation in the Valley.

“I have given instructions to the Home Secretary and other senior officers in MHA to closely monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” he tweeted.

(Developing story/ Details are awaited)

11:08 AM
Defence Minister Parrikar to visit Srinagar in wake of the terror attack in Uri (J&K).

11:08 AM
Army statement on Uri attack

On the early hours of 18 September 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 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.

10:34 AM
Conflicting reports about the jawans killed in the operation are emerging with some reports saying the number is 4, while others suggest that 9 army men have been killed. Another unconfirmed report says that seven jawans have been killed.

Mopping up operation has begun and Army chief will be rushing to Jammu and Kashmir.

09:53 AM
High level security meet to take place at HM Rajnath Singh’s residence at 12:15pm, senior MHA and MoD officials to attend the meet.

09:14 AM
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09:14 AM
Helicopters from the Army’s 19 divisional headquarters in Baramulla have been pressed into service and so far 10 Army personnel with burn and bullet injuries have been evacuated from the encounter site, reports PTI quoting sources.

08:56 AM
Rajnath Singh speaks to Governor & CM of Jammu & Kashmir

Taking to micro-blogging site, HM Rajnath Singh said: “Spoke to Governor & CM of Jammu & Kashmir regarding the terror attack in Uri. They have apprised me of the security situation in the state.”

“I have given instructions to the Home Secretary and other senior officers in MHA to closely monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” Singh added.

08:45 AM
Para Commandos of the Army airdrop at Uri

08:18 AM
Home Minister Rajnath Singh postpones visit to Russia and the US due to Kashmir unrest.

with agencies 

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