Gunfire continues to rattle border residents 


Srinagar: Pakistani troops on Wednesday violated the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector, prompting retaliatory fire from the Indian Army in which a Pakistani soldier has reportedly been killed, an official said. The Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian posts in Tangdhar sector in Kupwara district this afternoon, the Army official said.

He said Indian soldiers retaliated to the aggression from across the LoC effectively.

While there were no casualties on the Indian side, the official said at least one Pakistani soldier has been reportedly killed in retaliatory firing by the Indian Army.

Pakistani troops yesterday targeted a BSF jawan using a sniper in Tangdhar sector, resulting in injuries to him.

Earlier, on February 19, three civilian were injured when the armies of both countries exchanged fire along LoC at Churanda in north Kashmir’s Hajipeer Uri sector.

Pertinently, media reports from Pakistan suggested that one boy was killed in the ceasefire violation.

“Indian brutality takes life of an eight year old boy Ayan of Jajot village along LoC. Use of Pellet guns in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and blatant targeting of innocent unarmed civilians across LoC exposes true Indian face,” an official spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Border Security Force (BSF) soldier who was critically injured after a Pakistani sniper fire from across the LoC in north Kashmir’s Tangdhar hit him, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday evening.

According to the reports, Constable Sunil Murmu, 28, of the 124 Battalion of the BSF, who was deployed at a forward post at Kanhai in Tangdhar, was critically injured in Pakistani sniper fire along the LoC in the Tangdhar sector around 5 pm.

“He got shot in the stomach and was evacuated to the 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar in an Army helicopter. He attained martyrdom at 8.30 pm,” said BSF Inspector General Sonali Mishra.

The slain constable was from Langritar village in Bihar’s Jamui district.

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