Soldiers killed in army base attack in Indian

India’s Home Affairs Minister is calling Pakistan a terrorist state, but stops short in blaming the country for the deaths of 17 soldiers who were killed when militants attacked an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir early Sunday morning.

Four attackers were also killed in the ensuing gunfight, which lasted several hours.

The attack happened in the garrison town of Uri, about 102 kilometers from Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The town is near the de facto border between India and Pakistan in the disputed region.

“Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such,” said Rajnath Singh, India’s Home Affairs Minister, Sunday on Twitter. He said that the people involved in the attack were, “highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped.”

Singh added he was “deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.”

However he did not offer any facts to support his assertion, nor did he say whether he believes Pakistan was involved in the attack.
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