Firing Spreads To Kupwara Sector, JCO Killed

SRINAGAR: After a brief lull Indian and Pakistani troops Tuesday resumed firing on each others positions along the Line of Control. An Indian army officer was killed in Pakistani firing in Nowgam sector of North Kashmir.

The fresh skirmishes began soon after the cancellation of the NSA level talks between the two countries. 

A defence spokesman said Pakistan Army on Tuesday resorted to unprovoked firing on the LoC, killing a Junior Commissioned Officer.

Defence sources said that Pakistan Army began firing in Kupwara sector that resulted in the death of a Junior Commissioned Officer.  

Naib Subidar Krishna Singh (44) of 3 Kumaon regiment was critically injured when Pakistani troops fired at his post at 12:30 PM on Tuesday.

The JCO, who was hit on the head, was immediately evacuated to nearby MI room where doctors declared him brought dead.

Krishna, a resident of Uttrakhand was guarding the Badal Post near the LoC when he was killed.

The official said that the soldiers manning the fence also retaliated the fire and when reports last came in late in the evening, the intermittent exchange of fire was going on.

Pertinently, two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed when India and Pakistan armies exchanged gunfire in the same sector on July 05 and July 09 respectively. 

On August 15, five civilians were killed and at least 20 others were injured when Pakistani troops fired at several Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch district. 

Meanwhile, a gunfight between security forces and militants was on in Lasipora forest area near the LoC in north Kashmir’s Uri sector, officials said.

This ensued as army and special operations group (SOG) of the state police rushed to the area, following information from some shepherds who had complained to police that some gunmen had snatched their mobile phones and identity cards there.

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