Militants attacked an Indian army brigade headquarters in the most deadly such attack in the northern region of Kashmir in recent years.
Four “fidayeen” – or commando-style shooters prepared to battle to the death – they confirmed killed after wounding the base in Uri which is near the Line of Control with Pakistan, said an Indian army.
A police source said that the amount of soldiers killed in the attack had increased to 17, the toll is made far which is worse than a similar attack on an army camp in Punjab state in January that India has blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
The army deployed helicopters to evacuate soldiers had been injured in the dawn attack that was followed by an hours-long gunfight.
— NDTV (@ndtv) September 18, 2016
The attack comes between heightened tension in India’s only one Muslim-majority region, which has faced more than two months of demonstrations regarding the July 8, a popular separatist field commander has been killed.
Minimum 78 civilians have been killed by attackers and injured thousands in street clashes including security forces of India, and human rights groups criticized for using extreme force with shotguns which fire pellets which misled people.
On Twitter Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in many of his posts that he had talked to the military leadership and region’s political and had commanded senior officials to watch the situation.
I have apprised the PM Shri @narendramodi regarding the deliberations of the security review meeting held at my residence this afternoon
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 18, 2016
He canceled previously planned trips to the US and Russia.
“We have activated the entire force in and around Uri sector to step up security and launch combing operations,” an elder home ministry official said.
“It is obviously a case of the cross-border terror attack. We don’t know which militant group is concerned,” this official said.
There is no claim of liability, since a raid in December 2014 The military death toll was the worst in Indian-ruled Kashmir, and also close to Uri which is to the west of the region’s main city of Srinagar, among them three police and eight soldiers were killed.
India accuses Pakistan of promoting militant attacks in the northernmost state of Jammu Kashmir, which the both countries claim in full.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is recently showing support for separatists in neighbor country Pakistan.
Pakistan refuses any role in this terrorism and has asked the United Nations and the international community to investigate offenses it claims by the security forces of India.
The United Nations will soon operate its annual general meeting in New York, where Kashmir is likely to come onto the plan.
A famous Kashmiri rights activist was in Srinagar after being prevented from catching a flight to a Unite Nation Human Rights Council conference in Geneva.
Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors have been on edge since the New-Year attack on an Indian air force camp in Punjab, near the border with Pakistan, which killed seven uniformed men.
India has blamed a Pakistan-based militant group for that attack but, after initial progress, an attempt to conduct a joint investigation has lost momentum.
The two sides have frozen a tentative peace dialogue.
— Pratyush Ranjan (@pratyush_ranjan) September 18, 2016