January 12, 2019 12:33 am

Major Among 2 Soldiers Killed In Twin Blasts On LoC In Rajouri

SRINAGAR —  An army major was among two soldiers killed and three others wounded in twin blasts near Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu on Friday.

Reports said an army gypsy was moving on a road stretch in forward area of LoC in Lam Pukharni area of Nowshera sector in Rajouri district when an explosion took place.

“Three army personnel including a Havaldar got injured in this explosion who were soon shifted to a medical facility,” said an official, adding that the injured were later airlifted to command hospital Udhampur.

However, one of the injured army soldiers later succumbed.

The official said the second explosion took place in the same area when reinforcements were rushed to the site of the incident.

“When a team of army was moving towards the site of earlier explosion site, another powerful blast took place,” he said.

He added in the second incident, an army officer of the rank of major, who was the company commander in the area, was killed on the spot.

“There could be some injuries in this second explosion but there are no details of the same as of now,” he said.

Meanwhile, searches are being carried out in the entire area where explosions took place as there are possibilities of some infiltrators or border action team personnel still hiding in the forest area, said the official.

A defence ministry official said an Improvised Explosive Device explosion took place near LoC in Naushera Sector in which an Army Officer and a soldier got grievously injured. “Immediate resuscitation and medical aid was provided, however,  they succumbed to the injuries,” he added.

Porter killed In Pak Firing: Army 

An Army porter was killed on Friday in alleged ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Sunderbani sector along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu.

“An army porter identified as Hemraj was injured critically in sniper fire from Pakistan side. Our troops have retaliated strongly”, army sources said.

The injured was immediately taken to nearby military hospital where he later succumbed, they said.

In a statement issued, a defence ministry official said that there was “unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops in Sunderbani Sector in which an army porter named Hemraj was shot at and grievously injured. “The individual was provided immediate resuscitation and medical aid, however, he later succumbed to the gunshot wounds. The Army authorities have promised all possible assistance to the family of Army Porter.” 

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