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17 Soldiers Killed in Militant Attack in India
« on: September 19, 2016, 04:08:25 AM »

Seventeen Indian soldiers have been killed and nearly 20 wounded in the deadliest attack mounted by militants in two decades on an Indian army base in Kashmir, close to the border with Pakistan.

Officials say four heavily armed commandos using guns and grenades stormed the army camp early Sunday in Uri, which lies west of Indian Kashmir’s capital, Srinagar.

An army statement said four militants were killed. A search is under way for others possibly hiding in the area.

The gunbattle lasted for several hours and explosions could be heard throughout, according to local reporters.

In a series of tweets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned what he called the "cowardly terror attack." He said "I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished."

The U.S. also strongly condemned the attack.

Army officials said casualties were heavy because many of the soldiers died in a fire that engulfed the tents and temporary shelters where they were housed.

Helicopters evacuated the wounded soldiers to hospitals in Srinagar, the main city in Indian Kashmir.

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