Srinagar: Suspected insurgents launched a suicide attack on an Army camp near the border town of Uri Friday morning, killing at least seven Army soldiers and five Jammu Kashmir Police personnel before being shot dead.
Reports said the insurgents, believed to be five to six in number, stormed an Army camp in the vicinity of Army’s Rampur brigade near Uri along the Line of Control at around 3 am.
PTI news wire reported that 12 men including seven Army troops and five J&K police personnel have been killed in the attack so far.
The attack is second of its kind on an Army installation in Kashmir in a fortnight and it is likely to put more pressure on India’s prime minister Narendra Modi who is visiting the state on December 8, to act tough against Pakistan.
Both the countries have indulged in a number of ceasefire violations along the LoC and International Border in J&K this year which have resulted in a number of killings including civilians.
Seven Army men, three policemen among 13 killed in Uri attack: Sources.
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The gunfight has now stopped, the senior police officer told media around 11 am.
“Quick Response Teams (QRTs) were rushed to the site after the militants attacked the camp. The militants opened fire at one of the QRT vehicles on the main road, killing an officer and two soldiers,” the police officer said.
He said that the soldiers who took on the insurgents were killed outside the camp.
The army says it is looking for one militant who they suspect is still holed up inside the camp. A massive hunt has been started in and around the Army camp.