The death toll in the September 18 terror attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir claimed its 19th victim on Friday, when a soldier named Raj Kishor Singh, a resident of Bihar, succumbed to his injuries in New Delhi.
The soldier, of Naik rank, had been under treatment at the Army's Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital in New Delhi. The Indian Army's Northern Command expressed grief at Singh's passing, and extended condolences to his family. The Bihar state government subsequently announced a solatium of Rs 11 lakh to the next of his kin.
The terror attack in Uri had initially claimed the lives of 17 soldiers â€” at least 13-14 of whom were reportedly killed in their sleep in a fire that was the result of a blast the terrorists had set off â€” while Sepoy K Vikas Janardhan died the next day at the R&R Hospital in New Delhi during treatment.
Singh's death comes less than 48 hours after the Indian Army said it had carried out surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC), hitting and demolishing several terrorist launch pads. Pakistan put forward conflicting claims on it. While it was once said that India had resorted to cross-border firing, other claims were that two Pakistani soldiers had been killed in the attack.