Militants have killed 17 soldiers in an attack an Indian army brigade headquarters near the de factor border with Pakistan. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Troops die in India army base raid
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Militants attacked an Indian army brigade headquarters near the de factor border with Pakistan on Sunday (September 18), killing 17 soldiers in the most deadly such attack in the northern region of Kashmir in recent years.
Four fidayeen – or commando-style gunmen willing to fight to the death – were confirmed killed after penetrating the base in Uri near the Line of Control with Pakistan, an Indian army spokesman said.
A police source told Reuters that the number of soldiers killed in the attack had risen to 17, making the toll far worse than a similar raid on an army base in Punjab state in January that India has blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
The army deployed helicopters to evacuate soldiers who were injured in the dawn attack that was followed by an hours-long gunfight. The Defence Ministry in New Delhi put the number of wounded at 35.
The raid comes amid heightened tension in India’s only Muslim-majority region, which has faced more than two months of protests following the July 8 killing of a popular separatist field commander.
At least 78 civilians have been killed and thousands injured in street clashes with Indian security forces, who have been criticised by human rights groups for using excessive force including shotguns which fire pellets that have blinded people.