Srinagar: In a major ceasefire violation after a gap of a few months, Pakistani troops fired throughout the intervening night of Friday-Saturday at Indian posts in the Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving a soldier injured.

A defence spokesman said on Saturday that Pakistani troops fired 1,500 to 2,000 rounds in Kamalkote area of Uri sector. Lance Naik Prakash Singh of 10 JAK rifles was injured in the unprovoked firing.

Indian troops returned fire but only used small arms, the spokesman said. India and Pakistan announced a ceasefire on the borders of the two countries in 2003. There were 34 incidents of ceasefire violation on the Line of Control last year.

Officials believe that the firing was to provide cover to infiltrating militants. Three infiltrators were killed in a gun battle in Drangyari area in the frontier district of Kupwara. — PTI

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