Pak troops fire at LoC posts in Poonch; Army Captain injured

Pak troops fire at LoC posts in Poonch; Army Captain injured
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Jammu: Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, injuring an Army Captain, officials said.
“There was a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army. They resorted to firing along the LoC in Chakan Da Bagh area in Poonch last evening,” a security force official said.
The injured Army Captain has been hospitalised, they said, adding that Indian troops retaliated and the exchange of fire continued till late night.
The latest violation of the ceasefire came a day after seven Pakistani Army men, including a Major, were killed and four others injured in retaliatory action by the Indian Army in Poonch.
Authorities had on Monday suspended the cross-LoC bus service between Chakan Da Bagh and Rawalakot, following heightened tension on the LoC.
Meanwhile, panic gripped the border population when a forest fire triggered landmine blasts along LoC in Rajouri-Poonch belt of Jammu and Kashmir, Army officials said.
The Army is suspecting that the fire was an attempt by Pakistani troops to neutralise mines, they said.
The incident took place in Balakote belt of Rajouri- Poonch belt Tuesday evening.
The fire broke out in forests in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) along the LoC and then it spread to the forests in the Indian side. After which the explosion of land mines started, army officials said.
“Several mines exploded as result of the forest fire along the LoC,” they said, adding, “It triggered panic among residents of border belts and caused damage to forests and wild life species before it was controlled today.”
The Army was suspecting a deliberate attempt of the Pakistani troops to neutralise mines and make way for armed militants from that side, the officials said.