LOC Flares Up: Pak Firing Kills 3 Indian Soldiers

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

Srinagar: At least three soldiers were killed and five others injured on Thursday as India and Pakistan troops traded heavy gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Two soldiers were killed and four others injured when Pakistani troops opened fire and resorted to heavy shelling along the LoC in Naugam sector of the frontier Kupwara district on Thursday morning, officials said.

“Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Naugam sector, Kupwara on Thursday morning by firing mortars and other weapons,” Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

He said two soldiers were killed and four sustained injuries in the firing from across the border.

“The injured personnel are being evacuated while a befitting response is being given to the Pakistani firing,” he added.

Earlier, a soldier was killed and another injured in Cross-LoC shelling in Krishna Ghati sector of the Poonch district.

The Pakistan Army initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing from small arms and intense shelling of mortars along the LoC in the Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors on Wednesday night, a defence spokesperson said, adding that the Indian Army retaliated in a befitting manner.

Lance Naik Karnail Singh was killed in the firing from across the border, the spokesperson said.

According to reports, another jawan identified as Virender Singh was injured in the firing in the Krishna Ghati sector and has been hospitalised.

Earlier, an Army personnel was killed and two others, including an officer, were injured in firing from across the border on September 5 in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, officials said.

On September 2, one JCO was killed in yet another cross-border firing incident in the Keri sector of Rajouri. (With PTI inputs)

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