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LoC rattles with sound of gunfire in Poonch, Gurez

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Jammu/Srinagar: The Line of Control (LoC) Friday witnessed continuous pounding of shells and gunfire as India and Pakistan army targeted various positions across various locations.
Pakistan army continued ceasefire violations for the second consecutive day by resorting to heavy firing and mortar shelling in forward areas along the LoC in Poonch and Gurez district, officials said.
Indian Army retaliated befittingly to the Pakistani aggression, they added.
“At about 1630 hours today, Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Balakote sector,” a defence spokesman said.
Pakistan troops have violated the ceasefire agreement 31 times so far this month.
On Thursday, an Indian Army jawan was injured in Pakistani firing in Balakote sector.
An army personnel was killed and two others, including an officer, injured on Tuesday as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by using heavy fire and mortar shells along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, according to officials.
On September 2, a JCO was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Keri sector of Rajouri.
Meanwhile, Pakistani and Indian troops fired on each other’s posts in Gurez sector of Bandipora district of north Kashmir as well, a defence spokesman said here.
The Indian Army effectively retaliated.
“Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC at Kanzalwan in Gurez sector today morning by firing mortars and other weapons,” defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.
There were no reports of any casualties so far.
Meanwhile, four unexploded live mortar shells fired by Pakistan army during the ceasefire violation along the LoC in Poonch were detected and destroyed by the Army, official sources said.
On the information provided by the villagers about unexploded mortar shells fired by Pakistan targeting Balakote hamlet along the LoC on Thursday, a bomb disposal squad team rushed to the area, they said.
The team detected and destroyed the shells in the operation, preventing any loss of life and damage to property in the area, they added. (PTI)


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