Soldier Killed, Civilian Injured In Cross-LoC Firing 


Indian soldiers patrolling near the Line of Control. (File Pic)

Jammu: A soldier was killed and a civilian injured as India and Pakistan troops exchanged heavy gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Thursday.

Officials said the Pakistan Army opened fire and shelled civilian areas and forward posts in Nowshera sector this morning, leaving an Army man dead and a villager identified as Namitullah Khan injured.

Indian troops guarding the borderline retaliated resulting in heavy exchanges, they said.

Several houses were damaged in cross-border firing.

“Pakistan targeted over a dozen villages along the LoC in Nowshera and Balakote sectors late Wednesday night with heavy mortars and guided missiles,” they said.

People living in border hamlets took shelter in bunkers, they said.

The slain soldier identified as Lance Naik Gurcharan Singh of 14 Punjab Regiment was cremated at his native village in Gurdaspur.

Soldier’s wife Ranjit Kaur, who is in Punjab Police, said she was proud of her husband and would send their son Agamjot Singh to serve in the Indian Army.

Before Rajouri, both the armies were engaged in a two-day firefight in Mankote and Khari Karmara sectors of Poonch district on Monday and Tuesday.

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