Militants kill 9 in Indian army attack

  • 18/09/2016
The Indian flag (File)
The Indian flag (File)

Militants have killed at least nine soldiers in an attack on an Indian army brigade headquarters near the de factor border with Pakistan.

Indian army sources said between four and six "fidayeen" - or commando-style gunmen willing to fight to the death - were believed to have penetrated the brigade headquarters in Uri near the Line of Control with Pakistan before dawn on Sunday.

The encounter was continuing, with the army deploying helicopters to evacuate 20 soldiers who had been injured in the dawn attack, the sources said, adding that the toll may rise. The army made no official comment.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a series of Twitter posts that he had spoken to the region's political and military leadership and senior officials were monitoring the situation. He cancelled planned trips to Russia and the United States.