LoC Skirmishes: Soldier, Woman Killed

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Jammu: An Indian soldier and a woman were killed on Monday in firing by the Pakistan Army across the de-facto border in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Two more soldiers and another woman were injured in the latest violation by the Pakistan Army of the 2003 ceasefire agreement to maintain peace at borders and along the Line of Control (LoC), a police spokesman said.

The spokesman said the fresh cross-border firing incidents occurred in Rajouri and Poonch districts on the LoC that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries.

The spokesman said the Pakistan Army used 82 mm mortar shells and automatic weapons to target Indian positions on the LoC and the soldier and the woman were killed in the Tarkundi sector of Rajouri.

The deceased woman was identified as Towseer Bi, 50. The identity of the slain soldier was not immediately known.

The Indian Army retaliated to the firing “effectively”, said the spokesman.

India and Pakistan have accused each other of regularly violating the ceasefire agreement between them to maintain peace at the border and the LoC.

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