On Sunday, terror struck an Army camp in north Kashmir's Uri town when militants stormed a battalion headquarters in the wee hours of the morning, killing 17 soldiers.
Four militants were killed in the shootout with the Indian Army which lasted a few hours.
Sources in intelligence agencies said that Jaish-e-Mohammad was identified as the perpetrator of the Uri attack after a representative of the terror outfit called up a local journalist in Kashmir to claim responsibility.
This was one of the deadliest on an army base in Kashmir since militant attacks began in 1989.
Many took to Twitter to express their grief over the attack.
In an apparent reference to Pakistan, President Pranab Mukherjee stated that Indian Security forces will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers. He also condemned the attack and the loss of lives of the soldiers in Uri.
Strongly condemn outrageous terrorist attack on Army base in Uri; tributes to brave soldiers who made supreme sacrifice #PresidentMukherjee
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) September 18, 2016
Strongly denouncing the attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the soldiers who were martyred and said their service to the nation will always be remembered.
We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 18, 2016
US Ambassador to India Richard Verma too responded to the attack.
We strongly condemn the terror attack in Uri, J&K. Our thoughts are with the families of the brave soldiers who lost their lives #UriAttack
— Rich Verma (@USAmbIndia) September 18, 2016
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too condemned the attack while his mother Sonia Gandhi expressed hope that the perpetrators of the attack will be brought to justice.
Strongly condemn the militant attack on Army base in Uri. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the bravehearts martyred in the attack
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 18, 2016
Textile Minister Smriti Irani termed the attack as 'mindless' and extended condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers.
Pained by the mindless terror attack in Uri. I salute our brave soldiers for their supreme sacrifice & extend condolences to their families.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) September 18, 2016
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the attack was inhuman and cowardly.
We strongly condemn inhuman and cowardly #UriAttack .
Saluting our brave soldiers who fought for safeguarding our borders.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) September 18, 2016
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray also reacted to the cowardly attack.
No words are enough to condemn the cowardly attack on our jawans in Uri today #Uriattack
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) September 18, 2016
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in #uri,tributes to brave soldiers who made supreme sacrifice for nation.
— Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (@naqvimukhtar) September 18, 2016
Ramdev said that it's time to destroy all Pakistan-organised terror camps
Now it's time to enter illegally occupied Kashmir region and destroy all the Pakistan organised terror training camps #UriAttack
— Swami Ramdev (@yogrishiramdev) September 19, 2016
Various Bollywood actors and Indian cricketers prayed for the jawans.
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 18, 2016
Saddened to hear of the cowardly attack in Uri. Prayers for the families of our martyred soldiers. & may the terrorists b punished soon!
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 18, 2016
Deepest condolences to the families of #UriAttack martyrs who laid down their lives fighting for their motherland. 🙏🙏
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 18, 2016
17 Soldiers martyred in #UriAttack. The were also sons,fathers,brothers & husbands. We r answerable as a nation. Time to convey that. Sorry🙏
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) September 18, 2016
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) September 18, 2016
Heartfelt prayer for the bravehearts... This mindless terrorism needs to stop. Bus ho gaya!!! Enough is enough!!! Jai Hind. #UriAttacks
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 19, 2016
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 19, 2016
Sad to hear Abt the #UriAttack n praying for the jawans n their families who lost theirs lives to this inhuman act
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 19, 2016
— Mohammad Taqi (@mazdaki) September 18, 2016
Congress leaders hit out at BJP for their inaction against Pakistan. Priyanka Chaturvedi pointed out past incidences of attacks in Kashmir and the promises made by BJP leaders to curb terrorism.
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) September 18, 2016
— ShainaNC (@ShainaNC) September 18, 2016
Strongly condemn the #Uri attack.perpetrators of terrors must b be pinned down.My prayers go for the martyred soldiers & their families
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) September 18, 2016
Vijay Kumar Singh
My condolences to the families of all the martyrs. The incident at #Uri reinstates the inclination of a few nations to harbor terrorism(1/n)
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) September 18, 2016
17 soldiers, 17 families devastated......More horrible people in the world than I thought......#UriAttack
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 18, 2016
Yet again our brave soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice #UriAttack
Deepest condolences to the families that have lost their dear ones
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) September 18, 2016
Brahumdagh Bugti, founder and leader of Baloch Republican Party, blamed Pakistan for the attack and said that the country is exporting terrorism.
We condemn #UriAttack in strongest possible terms. It is yet another example of Pakistan's role as a terrorism exporting country.
— Brahumdagh Bugti (@BBugti) September 18, 2016
Are condolences & condemnations the best we can do for our jawans? Their supreme sacrifice warrants action, not platitudes#UriAttack
— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) September 18, 2016