Indian soldiers, yet again, had to sacrifice their lives in an attack by militants in the early hours of Saturday, 17th September. This attack happened on an Army installation near Uri Brigade headquarters which is around 100km north of Srinagar, close to Line of Control. Four militants were also killed in the counter attacks.

“Four terrorists killed in counter-terrorist operation at Uri. 17 soldiers make the supreme sacrifice. Combing ops in prog,” Northern Comd.IA, the official Twitter Account of Northern Command, Indian Army, tweeted.

According to the army, a group of militants believed to be suicide squad stormed an Army installation close to the 12th Brigade Headquarters at Uri today early morning and started firing indiscriminately. The Army rushed Para commandos sent in helicopters to zero in on the militants hiding inside the installation.

This is the first major attack on an Army installation in Uri sector in the past two years. In December 2014, militants had stormed an Army camp at Mohra, Uri, and in the gun battle, eight soldiers, including a Lieutenant-Colonel, three Jammu and Kashmir policemen, and six militants were killed. Army has deployed choppers to evacuate the injured troopers.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a series of Twitter posts that he had spoken to the region’s political and military leadership and senior officials were monitoring the situation. He canceled planned trips to Russia and the United States.

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