Sol­diers are killed in early morn­ing raid in Kash­mir

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

Sus­pected rebels us­ing guns and grenades sneaked into an army base in In­dian-con­trolled Kash­mir early yes­ter­day and killed at least 17 sol­diers, the army said.

Four rebels were killed as the sol­diers re­turned gun­fire dur­ing the sur­prise as­sault be­fore dawn on the base, lo­cated near the highly mil­i­tarised Line of Con­trol di­vid­ing Kash­mir be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan.

Loud ex­plo­sions were heard and sev­eral bar­racks caught fire in the ini­tial hours of the at­tack. Af­ter­ward, mil­i­tary he­li­copters hov­ered over the base as the army con­ducted what it de­scribed as “mop­ping up” op­er­a­tions.

Of­fi­cials said at least 30 sol­diers were wounded in the at­tack, in­clud­ing about a dozen who were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The ca­su­al­ties were high be­cause a large num­ber of sol­diers were turn­ing over the base to new units and were sta­tioned in tents and tem­po­rary shel­ters that caught fire in the at­tack, the army said in a state­ment. The base, lo­cated in the town of Uri, west of the re­gion’s main city of Srinagar, houses the In­dian army’s re­gional brigade head­quar­ters along the de facto bor­der sep­a­rat­ing In­dian and Pak­istan­i­con­trolled Kash­mir.

Sol­diers were con­duct­ing searches in the area, but army of­fi­cials said it ap­peared that they had killed all four rebels in­volved in the at­tack.

Army of­fi­cials said the rebels had in­fil­trated into the In­dian side of Kash­mir from the Pak­istani-con­trolled part.

Lt Gen Ran­bir Singh, the army’s direc­tor gen­eral of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, said that all four gun­men killed were “for­eign ter­ror­ists,” and that ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gested that they be­longed to Jaish-e-Mo­hammed, a mil­i­tant group that has been ac­tive in Kash­mir for more than 15 years.

In­dia blames the out­lawed group, which is based in Pak­istan, for a se­ries of at­tacks in the Hi­malayan re­gion and In­dian cities.

Singh said the gun­men were car­ry­ing “some items that had Pak­istani mark­ings.” He said he had spo­ken to his Pak­istani coun­ter­part and con­veyed In­dia’s “se­ri­ous con­cerns”. The rebels en­tered the sprawl­ing camp af­ter cross­ing a stream and breach­ing the fenc­ing on Satur­day night.

In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi con­demned the at­tack and tweeted, “I as­sure the na­tion that those be­hind this de­spi­ca­ble at­tack will not go un­pun­ished.”

ALERT: In­dian troops pa­trol the base af­ter the deadly as­sault on Sun­day morn­ing

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.