Srinagar/Jammu: Two Indian Army soldiers were killed and another was injured as Pakistani troops pounded several places, including civilian areas, in Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC) today, officials said.
The Pakistani troops targeted several areas of Rajouri, Poonch and Kupwara districts of J&K along the LoC, they said, adding the Indian troops retaliated.
The Pakistani shelling put lives of hundreds of school students at risk in Rajouri district, officials said.
The authorities rescued 217 students who were trapped in three schools in Kadali and Seha areas of Rajouri near the LoC till, according to Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.
An Army Sepoy Jaspreet Singh was killed in the Pakistani shelling in Naushera sector in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman said.
The 24-year-old jawan hailed from Talwandi in Moga district of Punjab and leaves behind his parents, he added.
“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Naushera sector in Rajouri at around 1350 hours today. Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” the defence spokesman said.
In the exchange of fire, Sepoy Jaspreet Singh was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries, he said.
“The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” he said.
Earlier day, Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0645 hours in Bhimbher Gali (Rajouri) and Poonch sectors along the LoC, the spokesman said.
According to reports, one jawan suffered minor splinter injuries in the exchange of the fire in the Bhimbher Gali sector.
The Pakistani firing killed another Army soldier in the Nowgam sector of Kashmir valley, an army official said.
The Pakistani Army also targeted civilian areas and Indian army posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali and Balakote sectors of Rajouri district as well as the Poonch sector triggering fear among residents.