Uri terror attack: Army foils two infiltration bids; one soldier, 10 militants killed

Barely two days after the terror attack in Uri, two infiltration bids were made from across the border in Kashmir on Tuesday. Even as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and fired at Indian positions, the Indian Army managed to foil the infiltration bids and 10 terrorists and a jawan were killed in the encounter.

As the government mulled various options on India's response to the cross-border terror attack on Sunday in which 18 jawans were killed, a crucial meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has been scheduled for Wednesday.

"Two infiltration bids by militants from across the Line of Control (LoC) have been foiled in Uri and Nowgam sectors on Tuesday. At both places, the operations are in progress," an Army spokesman said in Srinagar. The spokesman refused to comment on the number of militants killed in the ongoing operations so far, saying details will be made public in due course.

He, however, said one soldier was killed in the operation in Nowgam sector. Army sources in Delhi said that 10 terrorists were killed in the encounter with the Army in Uri sector. The bodies have not yet been recovered, they added.

According to PTI, sources said a group of 15 terrorists had attempted to infiltrate into Indian territory through the LoC. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh again reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting in Delhi with top officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

Singh had called up the DG and the BSF to give a free hand to Indian troops to retaliate.

Separately, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that any action against terrorists based in Pakistan will be taken only after examining all relevant issues. On the ceasefire violation incident, an Army official in Srinagar said the firing from across the LoC took place between 1.10 pm and 1.30 pm. However, there was no damage in the incident, he said.

CNN-News18 reported that a section of the government is advising swift and intensive action against the terror hubs acting out of Pakistan.

"Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing by small arms towards Indian positions in Uri sector this afternoon," the official said in Srinagar, reported PTI. The official said while there were no reports of any casualty in the firing, further details of the incident were awaited.

The infiltration bids and the ceasefire violation came two days after four militants of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad stormed an Army base in Uri sector, killing 18 soldiers and injuring several others. All the four militants were also killed.

The terror attack has heightened tensions between India and Pakistan. At the meeting convened by Singh, Doval and top officials of the ministries of home and defence, paramilitary forces and chiefs of intelligence agencies briefed him on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley as well as along the LoC, official sources said.

The presence of the foreign secretary at the meeting is significant as government plans to launch a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan.

The Afghanistan envoy to India said that there are ample proofs of state-sponsored terrorism from Pakistan, and India and Afghanistan must send a decisive message to Islamabad. He also advised India of boycotting Pakistan at the upcoming Saarc summit.

CNN-News18 reported that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to raise the issue of Islamabad's soft approach on terrorism at the UN General Assembly. She is likely to hit at Pakistan for allowing Dawood Ibrahim to operate from it's soil and giving JeM and Hafiz Sayeed a free hand.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a strong warning to Pakistan reiterating that it needs to prevent terrorists from using Pakistan territory as a safe haven.

Another encounter was also underway in Handwara in Kashmir on Tuesday.

With inputs from PTI.

Updated Date: Sep 20, 2016 21:12 PM

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