Army Soldier Killed In Cross-Border Firing In Rajouri  

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JAMMU — An Army jawan was Saturday killed in cross-border firing along Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu region.

“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of mortars on routine Indian Army patrol, 700 metres inside Indian territory in Naushera sector along the Line of Control (LoC) this morning,” a senior Army officer told PTI adding that Indian troops responded to the firing.

In the exchange of fire, Rifleman Bikas Gurung was grievously injured and succumbed to injuries. The 21-year-old soldier belonged to Khunka Khuki village of Manipur, and is survived by his mother.

The Army cancelled the exchange of sweets between the Pakistani Army and the Indian side on the occasion of Eid.

Eleven BSF troops have so far been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years, the latest data revealed.   (PTI)

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