Updates are pouring in from Uri in north Kashmir that the death toll of the Indian Army soldiers has increased to 17. Earlier, in the morning, OyeChronicle reported that two soldiers were killed while twelve others were injured.
However, as the day progressed, we get to know that the fidayeen had indeed inflicted heavy damage on the Indian Army personnel posted near the Line of Control town in Baramulla district.
Fidayeen are considered to be deadly as they are given commando type of training and are adapt at guerrilla warfare.
The death toll of 17 soldiers is unfortunately expected to increase with a total of 30 soldiers reportedly suffering grievous injuries.
It is learnt that 12 of the soldiers were killed in the fire caused by the explosions from the grenades as the base was having temporary tents and shelters. Also reported in the media was that the Uri headquarters was housing as many as 12,000 troops.
The remaining five soldiers of the 17 killed lost their lives in the gunfight with the terrorists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the soldiers who laid their lives for the country by saying on twitter: “We salute all those martyred in Uri. Their service to the nation will always be remembered. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.
“We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished.”
It was an Indian Army Headquarters of the 12th brigade that bore the brunt of this deadly fidayeen attack this Sunday morning.
The soldiers were ill-prepared as most of them were sleeping with the surprise attack on them launched around 5:30 AM. Most of them were like sitting ducks for the four terrorists who were all gunned down by the Indian Army later on.
The magnitude of the attack was so much that it is considered to be the worst single attack on the army after 26 years as reported in the Hindustan Times.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who chaired an emergency meeting at his official residence, made no bones in calling Pakistan as a terror state which needed to be identified and isolated by the world community.
On twitter, the Home Minister said: “I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.”
The situation in Kashmir has really come to a boil of late following the elimination of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Pakistan has upped the ante from its end trying to take advantage of the unrest amongst the Kashmiri civilians to its advantage. India on the other hand raised the Balochistan issue through Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaving Pakistan for the first time worried about its own territory.
We will have to wait and see whether Narendra Modi is going to initiate any action or not on Pakistan after this deadly attack on the Indian Army.