2 Indian soldiers killed in Pak BAT strike along LoC in Poonch

2 Indian soldiers killed in Pak BAT strike along LoC in Poonch

Militant killed in Keran: army

Jammu: In third such attack this year, a team of Pakistani special forces on Thursday sneaked 600 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, killing two Indian soldiers while losing one of their men in retaliatory action.
One of the attackers was injured in the Indian retaliatory action and his body was extricated under the cover of heavy firing by the Pakistani troops from their posts across the LoC, an Army official said.
The Border Action Team (BAT), which generally comprises special forces of the Pakistan Army and some militants, carried out the attack at around 2 pm under the heavy cover fire by the Pakistani troops from their posts, he said.
This was the third BAT attack on Indian patrol party along LoC in Poonch this year.
“A Border Action Team of 5 to 7 heavily-armed men, under the cover of Pakistani firing, entered 600 meters inside the LoC in Gulpur forward area in Poonch sector around 2 PM and launched a fierce attack on Army patrol party with several types of weapons,” the official said.
The Pakistani attackers came up to 200 meters near the Indian posts.
During the attack, the Pakistani troops resorted to firing in Gulpur-Karmara-Chakan-Da-Bagh area along the LoC.
The armed intruders targeted an ‘area domination patrol’ of the Indian Army, triggering a gunfight, the official said.
The Indian troops killed one of the attackers and injured another whose extrication was facilitated by the cover fire by the Pakistani troops from their posts.
In the firefight, two Indian soldiers were killed.
They were 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad, Maharastra and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur, Maharastra.
Naik Jadhav is survived by wife Ujala and Sepoy Mane by mother Shoba.
The Pakistani firing continued till 3.30 PM, the official said, adding the Indian posts retaliated strongly.
In a similar BAT attack on May one, two Indian soldiers were beheaded in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district.
That attack too was carried out under the cover of shelling by the Pakistani troops.
Prior to that, a BAT attack was carried out on February 18 but there were no casualties in that.
Earlier, there have been several BAT attacks in which troopers have been beheaded or their bodies mutilated.
On October 28,last year, militants attacked a post and killed an Indian Army soldier and mutilated his body close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Machil sector.
In January 2013, Lance Naik Hemraj was killed and his body mutilated by a BAT. It had also beheaded Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. Constable Rajinder Singh of the BSF battalion had suffered injuries in the attack.
Meanwhile, army claimed they killed a militant along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir s Kupwara district.
A group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan- administered Kashmir but the bid was foiled by the alert troops, an Army official said.
The troops challenged them, triggering a gunbattle in which one militant was killed, he said.
The operation is in progress, the official said, adding further details were awaited.

(With PTI inputs)


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