The death toll in the terror attack in Uri on Sunday climbed up to 20 as three more soldiers succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.
The terror attack had claimed 17 lives as of Sunday as terrorists sneaked into an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir early on Friday.
According to an NWI report, 12 militants remain holed up in the valley following the encounter.
Over two dozen soldiers were also injured in the audacious attack that left all four heavily-armed militants who barged into the camp near Uri town at 5.30 a.m. dead after two-and-a-half hours, military officials said.
Echoing the nation’s anguish, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the “cowardly terror attack” and assured “the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished”.
Modi refrained from saying who was to blame for the bloodbath but Home Minister Rajnath Singh held Pakistan responsible.
“I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups. Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such,” the minister tweeted.
Uri is close to the Line of Control (LoC), which divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan. The camp is close to the headquarters of army’s 12 Brigade.