US, France, UN chief condemn deadly Uri attack in which 17 Indian soldiers were killed….reports Asian Lite News
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned a deadly militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri town, and voiced his hope that “the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice”.
The US on Sunday “strongly” condemned the terrorist attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 17 soldiers and said it was committed to anti-terror cooperation with India.
“We extend our condolences to the victims and their families. The US is committed to our strong partnership with the Indian government to combat terrorism,” State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement.
At least 17 soldiers were killed and many injured when four heavily armed militants from the Jaish-e-Mohammed sneaked into the camp in a pre-dawn attack near Uri town. The four suicide attackers were killed in fighting.
Earlier, the US ambassador to India, Richard Verma, also denounced the killings. “Our thoughts are with the families of the brave soldiers who lost their lives.”
France has condemned the “terrible terrorist” attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir and said Paris remains on New Delhi’s side in the fight against terrorism.
France also said it “recalls the importance it attaches to bringing calm and the peaceful settlement of disputes in the region of Kashmir”.
In a statement, the French Foreign Ministry spokesperson said: “France most firmly condemns the terrible terrorist attack perpetrated on 18 September against an Indian army camp in the region of Kashmir. It conveys its condolences to the families of the 17 Indian soldiers killed in this attack.
“France remains at India’s side in the combat against terrorism. It calls on every State to fight effectively against terrorist groups operating on their territory or from their territory against other countries.
“France also recalls the importance it attaches to bringing calm and the peaceful settlement of disputes in the region of Kashmir.”
At least 17 Indian army soldiers were killed in a fidayeen attack on an army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday morning