21 killed in J&K army camp attack, Army says Uri attackers were Jaish

According to the officials, the gunfight has stopped and now search operations were on to scour the area for more possible militants.

The attack took place at around 5.30 a.m., when fidayeen (suicide) militants attacked the rear base camp of an infantry battalion in the border town.

Colonel S.D. Goswami, spokesman of the army's Udhampur headquartered Northern Command told IANS, "Four terrorists who had entered the rear base camp of the infantry battalion were killed."

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag are slated to arrive in Srinagar on Sunday evening, the officials added.

The attack left over two dozen soldiers injured who were airlifted to Srinagar to an army hospital.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has cancelled his five-day visit to the US and Russia. He has called for a high-level meeting later on Sunday to discuss the attack.

The Army on Sunday said the four terrorists killed after they slaughtered 17 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir were foreigners and belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit.

The Director General Military Operations (DGMO), Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, told reporters here the army had recovered some articles with "Pakistan markings" from the slain terrorists.

"They were all foreigners and belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammed," Gen Ranbir Singh said.

Jaish-e-Mohammed was also blamed for the January attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

The DGMO said he spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and expressed concern over the Uri attack, one of the deadliest in Jammu and Kashmir in nearly three decades of insurgency.

Ranbir Singh said four AK-47 rifles and four under barrel grenade launchers and some other ammunition was recovered after the early morning attack.

He said 14 of the 17 deaths occurred due to a fire after militants hurled grenades at temporary structures.

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