New Delhi: After seventeen soldiers were killed in yesterday’s Uri attack, one more soldier succumbed to his injuries in a Delhi hospital on Monday morning, taking the death toll to 18.

Four terrorists sneaked into the army base in Jammu and Kashmir’ s Uri near Line of Control (LoC) early morning on Sunday. They threw grenades and started firing indiscriminately, which resulted in the death of seveteen soldiers.

Most of the soldiers were killed after their tents caught fire because of the grenades. The attack took place during the command of change, which means one unit was going to replace another and soldiers were in temporary shelters.

All four terrorists were killed.

DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh claimed the terrorists belonged to the Pakistan based group Jaish-e-Mohammed. “We have found Pakistani markings from the seized items of the slain terrorists. The marking suggests that they came from Pakistan,” he said.

30 other soldiers were injured during the gunbattle with the terrorists.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday said that the supreme sacrifice of 17 soldiers will not go in vain.

“The supreme sacrifice of 17 brave Soldiers will not go in vain. My salute to them,” Parrikar said. He added that he’d instructed the Army chief and commanders “to take firm action.”

The Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will be visiting Srinagar today to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.  He will also be meeting top police and civil officials in the wake of the deadliest attack on the army in many years.


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