Cross-LoC Firing Rattles Tangdhar

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Srinagar: The Indian and Pakistani troops on Friday traded heavy gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district, a day after an Indian soldier was shot dead by Pakistani snipers in Akhnoor sector of Jammu division.

Pakistani troopers resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in forward areas and targeted the posts of the Indian Army reports quoting unnamed defence sources. The report said that the troops were heavily retaliating to the fire by Pak troops

“The exchange of gunfire is underway at Nachian area,” sources said.

The defence sources further said that the exchange of gunfire is still going on in the area. There are no immediate reports about injury or damage from the spot so far, they said.

On Thursday, an Army man was killed when Pakistani troops allegedly violated the ceasefire and resorted to firing on forward positions along the LoC in Poonch district.

Havaldar Nirmal Singh of the 10 JAK Rifles unit of the Army was critically injured in the firing and subsequently succumbed to his injuries, the officials had said.

Singh’s killing came barely a day after four soldiers were injured in Pakistani firing along the LoC in Akhnoor sector on Wednesday. All the four soldiers had suffered splinter injuries and were shifted to the military hospital in Udhampur for treatment.

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 5,100 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in 2020, the highest in the past 18 years with an average of 14 cases daily, according to official sources.

In these ceasefire violations, 36 people, including 24 security personnel, were killed and over 130 injured, as per data. (With PTI inputs)

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