Condemning the "cowardly" terror attack on an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured the nation that those behind the "despicable strike will not go unpunished.”
He saluted the soldiers who were martyred in the attack 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," the Prime Minister tweeted on the incident in which 17 soldiers were killed and 19 injured.
He said he has spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the situation in the wake of the terror attack.
Parrikar is on his way to Kashmir to take stock of the situation.
Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir's Uri town in the wee hours today, killing 17 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel in the terror strike in which four ultras were neutralised.
Explosions and gunfire erupted as the militants attacked the camp, which is located barely few metres away from the Army's Brigade Headquarters in Uri town, 102 kms from here, around 4 AM, official sources said.
The jawans of the Dogra Regiment were sleeping in a tent which caught fire due the explosion. The fire also engulfed the nearby barracks, the sources said.
The Home Minister also called an emergency meeting to review the situation arising out of the attack on the Brigade Headquarters in Uri.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Intelligence Bureau Chief, top Army, paramilitary and Home Ministry officials are attending it.