MUZAFFARABAD: The Pakistan army said on Thursday that it captured an Indian army soldier and killed eight others in retaliation to “India’s firing at the first line of defence at the Line of Control (LoC) at Tatta Pani”, Dawn newspaper reported.
The capture and the casualties sustained occurred when the Indian army opened fire across the working boundary, killing two Pakistani soldiers, it said.
The captured soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, has been shifted to an undisclosed location. Dawn said Chohan, 22, hails from Maharashtra state.
The bodies of the Indian soldiers are still to be recovered by the Indian forces as they lay unattended at the LoC, Dawn added.
Security sources say the Indian army has yet to recover the bodies for fear of coming under fire from Pakistan.
An exchange of fire between Pakistani and Indian LoC troops began at 2:30am and continued till 8:00am in the Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the ISPR statement said.
“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC.”