At least 17 soldiers have been killed in an attack at an army administrative base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri near the Line of Control on Sunday morning, Indian media reports.
According to reports, all four terrorists have been killed.
Several soldiers were also injured in the six-hour gun battle with the terrorists who attacked the base before dawn in Uri around 100 km from state capital Srinagar.
The terrorists sneaked into the base around 4 am, threw grenades and started firing indiscriminately, India’s NDTV reported.
The grenade attack instantly killed 12 soldiers sleeping in tents that caught fire. Visuals showed smoke rising from the camp, which is on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway.
Sources said the terrorists infiltrated Uri on Saturday night, which houses the army’s brigade headquarters.
The attack took place at a time units were turning over; a different brigade was replacing the current one.
This is the highest casualty the army has suffered in a single attack in years, NDTV reported.
In January, seven military personnel were killed when six terrorists attacked the high security Pathankot air base and opened fire.
A top government source called the attack “a part of Pakistan’s larger game plan to spread unrest in Jammu and Kashmir”.
More than 80 people have been killed in Kashmir and around 10,000 civilians and security personnel have been injured in clashes since July 8, when terrorist Burhan Wani was killed.