Two successful breaches one at the Line of Control (LoC) at Uri and second the perimeter of the Army base that saw the fencing wire being cut, resulted in the Uri attack. Agencies are probing the two-point breach that helped suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeen access heavily-guarded camp and execute one of the deadliest suicide attacks in J&K.
During the review meeting called by home minister Rajnath Singh, the possibility that those on sentry duty were not sufficiently alert was discussed, with the attendees considering it a serious lapse after Pathankot airbase attack where, a fidayeen squad of Jaish infiltrated the air base.
According to a report by TOI, sources said that a representative of the Jaish had called up a local journalist in Kashmir to claim responsibility for Uri. Incidentally, Jaish had also emerged as the outfit behind the Pathankot attack but it did not claim responsibility for the same.
“As per preliminary inputs, the suspected Jaish terrorists seem to have followed their usual modus operandi of infiltrating from across Pakistan the night before the attack and heading straight for the target. We suspect that the four Jaish fidayeen crossed the LoC at Uri, which lies not too far from the Army base, late on Saturday nightand were at the base in time for an early morning strike,” a top functionary of the intelligence establishment said. (TOI)
Agencies on Sunday confirmed that a recce was done and no ‘mole’ or overground worker was involved in alerting the Jaish masterminds to troop positions within the camp, thus helping the fidayeen maximise casualties. “A recce was done. The terrorists were aware of the layout of the camp and knew their way around. They had possibly identified the stretches where the fence was not properly manned and accordingly found a safe spot to cut the perimeter wire,” said an officer.
“All possible lapses on part of the Army, which was in charge of guarding both the LoC and base perimeter, are subjects of a detailed enquiry,” he added.