Four terrorists attacked 12th Brigade of the army in Uri sector on Sunday. At around 5.15 am, terrorists attacked the administrative block of the army. Unarmed soldiers were there, refilling diesel in barrels from fuel tanks.
Springing a surprise, terrorists lobbed 17 grenades in 3 minutes. This caused a massive fire in the barracks and tents in about 150-metre radius, where 13 jawans were burnt alive instantaneously. Many others received severe burns.
Four jawans succumbed to their injuries later in army hospital. After the six-hour gun-battle all the four terrorists were eliminated. More than 20 jawans were injured, who were sent to hospital for treatment.
This was the biggest terrorist attack on an army camp in 26 years.
PASHTUN SPEAKING TERRORISTS
The army recovered a map from the slain terrorists revealing their detailed plan of action. The map was elaborately marked and locations were indicated in Pashtun language.
Pashtun is one the tribal languages spoken in Pakistan.
TERRORISTS HAD THEIR HOMEWORK DONE
The timing of the attack shows that the terrorists had good idea about the routine of the army camp. The fidayeens launched the attack when battalions were changing duty.
Sources said that the terrorists` original plan was to kill unarmed troops, storm Medical Aid Unit near Brigade Administration Area. And, then they planned to explode themselves after entering officers` mess.
HOW TERRORISTS WERE NEUTRALISED
The moment diesel dump exploded due to smog and subsequent explosion militants got disoriented and headed straight towards soldiers` barracks.
One militant was gunned down by a 19-year-old Dogra soldier, who also challenged the remaining three militants. The soldier also sustained severe head injury, when a bullet hit his Helmet. He was later evacuated by his colleagues.
Since the barracks were empty, militants took defensive position inside the barracks on the second floor, which has 16 rooms. They kept firing from the barracks till four Para-commandoes stormed the building and killed the three terrorists.
JAISH-E-MOHAMMED BEHIND ATTACK
Briefing about the terror attack on the army camp in Uri, Director General of Military Operations Lt General Ranbir Singh said that all the four killed were foreign terrorists. The slain terrorists had some items, which had Pakistani markings.
Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed tanzeem, said the DGMO. Four AK-47 rifles and four Under Barrel Grenade Launchers along with a large number of other war like ammunitions were recovered from them.
DGMO SPEAKS TO HIS COUNTERPART
Since, the terrorists had some items with Pakistani markings, Lt General Singh said that he spoke to Pakistan`s DGMO and conveyed "our serious concerns" on the matter.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar visited Srinagar and met injured jawans in the hospital. Meanwhile, the Army chief General Dalbir Singh visited the site of operation to take an `on the ground` assessment of the situation.
PAKISTAN`S DGMO DENIES INDIA`S CLAIMS
In the backdrop of Uri terrorist attack, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh established hotline contact with his Pakistani counterpart on Sunday afternoon and conveyed India`s serious concerns on the issue.
However, Pakistan DGMO termed India`s claim as "unfounded and pre-mature". He also reiterated that no infiltration is allowed from Pakistani soil and water tight arrangements were in place on both sides of the LoC. On the other hand, the Pakistan DGMO asked Singh to share with him actionable intelligence.