Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops as Pakistan Army violated ceasefire thrice along the Line of Control in two sectors in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pakistan Army resorted to mortar shelling and firing of small arms and automatic weapons on forward posts and civilians areas in the region. There have been 10 ceasefire violations in past four days and total 14 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu region since January 1, in which one civilian died and seven others were injured.
In escalated violence in Kashmir, militants carried out seven grenade attacks and firing incidents in the Valley on Tuesday in which 14 policemen were injured and four rifles snatched by militants from them.
Indian troops gave a strong retaliation in which two Pakistani soldiers were killed opposite to Bhimbher Gali sector today, defence sources said.
“Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of mortars, small arms, automatics RPG, Recoilless Rifles from 1840 hours in Naushera sector along the LoC in Rajouri district today,” Defence Spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta said.
Before this third ceasefire violation in the day, the Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics RPG, Recoilless Rifles from 0930 hours in Naushera sector along the LoC in Rajouri district today, he said. Indian Army posts retaliated strongly and the firing went on for a long time. Earlier, Pakistan carried out indiscriminate firing in Bhimbher Gali sector in Poonch along the LoC, he added.
Defence officials also said that Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms heavy automatics and mortars today along the Line of Control (LC) in Naushera sector. The Indian Army posts retalialated strongly and effectively and firing went on for a long time.
Meanwhile, police and security forces launched a search operation in the border town of Samba along Jammu-Pathankot national highway following reports of suspected movement of four persons in the wee hours today.
Some labourers informed police about movement of four armed persons in civilian clothes from Samba main chowk on the highway towards SIDCO industrial area close to Basantar river belt. Basantar river, which flows into Pakistan across the International Border (IB), is one of the main infiltration routes of militants into Jammu and Kashmir. “Search operation was launched in Samba town along the highway after some people reported about suspected movement of four persons in the wee hours today,” a senior police officer said.