Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Sunday called up his counterpart in Pakistan expressing "serious concerns" over Pakistani markings found on the equipment used by four "foreign" militants suspected to be belonging to Pakistan-based group JeM, officials said.
"All four killed were foreign militants and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain militants belong to Jaish-e-Muhammed tanzeem (organization)," Lt Gen Singh said in a brief statement to the media at the South Block here.
He added that since "the militants had some items with Pakistani markings, I have spoken to Pakistan DGMO and conveyed our serious concern on the same".
He said that the militants had fired incendiary ammunition along with automatic fire of small arms that led to army tents and temporary shelters catching fire.
"There have been a total of 17 Army fatal casualties. Of these, 13-14 casualties have been due to these tents/shelters having caught fire," he said.
The senior Army officer, in charge of the force's operations, asserted that the Indian Army remains prepared to thwart "any nefarious designs and any evil designs of the adversary shall be given a befitting reply."
The DGMO said that four AK 47 rifles and four Under Barrel Grenade Launchers along with a large number of other war like stores were recovered from the "group of heavily-armed militants."
He said that the operation for clearance of the area is still in progress and a very deliberate search is being carried out in the entire area around the military complex in Uri.
"As such, complete details of the operation are not yet available. However, the operation is being carried out by the Indian Army in a very professional manner and the Army personnel have displayed exceptionally high standards of courage and gallantry while neutralising the militants," Lt Gen Singh said.
Amid reports that intelligence agencies had warned of a possible attack, he said all the intelligence agencies are working in close synergy with the security forces and regular intelligence inputs are received from concerned agencies and necessary action is being taken accordingly.
He said Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag has visited the site of operation and taken an "on the ground" assessment of the situation.
Defence Minister, who too visited Srinagar, will be updated by Suhag on the situation.
"We salute the supreme sacrifice made by our brave soldiers following the highest traditions of Indian Army," he said.