The terrorists attacked an army unit in Uri early on Sunday morning.

Black day for India 17 soldiers martyred in Uri attack four terrorists killedTwitter/ANI
news #UriAttack Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:29

In a Sunday morning attack that has sent shock waves and gloom through India's administration, 17 soliders were killed in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir in a counter-terrorism operation.

According to a tweet by the Northern Command, a group of heavily armed terrorists attacked the rear administrative base of an army unit in Uri around 5:30am. Apart from the 17 soldiers martyred in the counter attack, four terrorists were also killed.

Colonel SD Goswami, spokesman of the army's Udhampur headquartered Northern Command told IANS, "Four terrorists who had entered the rear base camp of an infantry battalion in Uri town were killed," adding "search operation was continuing inside the camp". 

The fidayeen (suicide) militants had entered the camp around 5.30 a.m. Reports from Kashmir say all camps have been told to be on high alert.

"Administrative base had large strength of troops of units turning over after tour of duty who were stationed in tents/temporary shelters which caught fire, and resulted in heavy casualties in Uri (J&K). 17 soldiers have lost their lives in this operation," ANI reported a statement from the Army.

The attack comes just few days before Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to address that United Nations General Assembly. 

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag will visit Srinagar in light of the attack.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also called for a high level security meeting at 12:15pm, according to ANI reports. He also cancelled his trip to Russia and the United States.  

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi condemned the attack and offered condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers.

Further search operations are underway.

 

(This is a developing story.)

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