Three soldiers killed, 4 hurt in cross LoC firing
Srinagar/Jammu: Three soldiers were killed and five others were injured Thursday in two separate incidents of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Kupwara districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Defence spokesman in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in the Nowgam sector this morning by firing mortars and other weapons.
“Two soldiers fatal. Four soldiers injured who are being evacuated. Befitting reply being given,” he said.
A defence official said that Pakistan resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along Machil and Keran sectors this evening. “Befitting response was being given,” he said.
“The injured personnel are being evacuated while a befitting response is being given to the Pakistani firing,” he added.
Meanwhile, an Army jawan was killed and another injured when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in forward areas along the LoC in Poonch district, officials said.
The Pakistan Army initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing from small arms and intense shelling of mortars along the LoC in the Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors on Wednesday night, a defence spokesperson said in Jammu.
The Indian Army retaliated in a befitting manner, he added.
Lance Naik Karnail Singh was killed in the firing from across the border, the spokesperson said.
“The general officer commanding of the White Knight Corps and all ranks salute braveheart Lance Naik Karnail Singh, who made the supreme sacrifice in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district on the night of September 30, and offer condolences to his family,” he said.
According to reports, another jawan was injured in the firing in the Krishna Ghati sector and has been hospitalised.
Pakistan has been targeting the hamlets in Poonch for the last five days, resulting in injuries to several animals due to shelling on Tuesday. The Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire 47 times in September.
An Army personnel was killed and two others, including an officer, were injured on September 5 as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by using heavy fire and mortar shells along the LoC in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, officials said.
On September 2, one JCO was killed in yet another ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army in the Keri sector of Rajouri. (with PTI inputs)