J&K: 4 terrorists killed as security forces foil suicide attack on army unit in Uri

Indian army soldiers take up position during the gunbattle with militants in Chadoora in Badgam district near Srinagar on March 28. (Representative image) Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Uri, Kashmir, India Sep 24, 2017, 07.19 AM (IST)

Four terrorists were killed as security forces intercepted a suicide attack on an army unit in Baramulla's Uri on Saturday, averting a repeat of the deadly attack by Pakistani terrorists in an army camp in Uri last year.

Police said that the terrorists were suspected to be members of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The terrorists are suspected to be members of the fidayeen or a suicide squad and were planning an attack like the one in Uri in September 2016 that claimed the lives of 19 soldiers, Director General of Police SP Vaid told PTI.

"A big tragedy has been averted. Like the suicide attack on the Army base last year, they (terrorists) had similar plans this time, but the police and the Army got the information beforehand," the top police official said.

An army soldier and two civilians were also killed in the attack.

The encounter took place after the army and the police launched search and cordon operations in Uri's Kalgai area.

The same day three people were also injured in a grenade attack in a market near the SBI bank in Sopore in Baramulla district.

The 2016 attack that took place on September 18 was the worst attack the army suffered in a decade and was suspected to be carried out by a suicide squad consisting of four terrorists of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba had also claimed that one of its perpetrators died in the attack.

Today's incident follows a similar attack in South Kashmir's Tral which claimed the lives of three people and 34 people. Terrorists had targeted the convoy of senior Jammu and Kashmir minister Naeem Akhtar. 17 CRPF personnel were also injured in the attack.