Fresh Firing Along LOC, 2 Killed

SRINAGAR: An Indian Army soldier and a civilian were killed on Friday along the Line of Control on two sides of divided Kashmir.

S Patil, a jawan of 15 Rashtriya Rifles, was injured when suspected militants opened fire on an army patrol near the LoC at Sundernali in Keran.

Patil was shifted to a medical unit, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The incident comes after a 15-day-long operation by the Indian Army in the area. 

Meanwhile, a defence spokesperson said Pakistan violated the ceasefire for the third time in less than 24 hours on Friday morning, as troops from the across the border shelled mortars and fired on forward areas along the LoC in Barasingha, Mendhar and Hamirpur sub-sectors of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistani troops also shelled 82 mm mortars. It was after about a month that mortars were fired along the forward posts, the spokesperson added.

The firing started around 8 am and ceased at 5 pm. Pakistani army also opened fire with small automatic weapons, as the Indian troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan took positions, and retaliated with equal calibre weapons, triggering heavy exchanges which are still going on, the spokesman said.

CHILD KILLED: A report from Muzaffarabad said Indian troops fired mortars across the LOCr on Friday, killing a child and wounding three other people.

The incident took place in Nakyal sector, along the LOC, the heavily militarised de facto border between Pakistan and India, in Kashmir.

“An 11-year-old boy was killed and three others including two women were wounded in the Indian shelling,” senior local administration official Masood-ur-Rehman said.

The latest incident came almost two weeks after the prime ministers of the two countries pledged to restore calm on their disputed border in Kashmir, at a meeting in New York.

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