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Two soldiers killed in Pakistan firing in Rajouri

This image made out of Google Maps locates the Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir.  

Two soldiers were killed in fresh ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panjal valley’s Rajouri district on Friday.

“The Pakistan Army resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation on the LoC in Sunderbani Sector of Rajouri on Friday. Two soldiers were injured in the firing and they died of their injuries later”, Jammu-based Army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said. The Army responded immediately to the enemy fire, he added.

The deceased jawans were identified as Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri and Rifleman Sukhbir Singh.

“They were brave, highly motivated and sincere soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty”, the Army said.

The latest ceasefire violations came just a day after a Junior Commissioned Officer was killed in Pakistan’s firing in Poonch, located adjacent to Rajouri district on Thursday.

Tributes paid to two Sepoys

The Army on Friday paid tributes to deceased Sepoy Rattan Singh of 163 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) and Sepoy Deshmukh Yash of 101 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army), who were killed in a militant attack on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway on Thursday.

Lt. Gen. B.S. Raju, Chinar Corps Commander, paid homage to the soldiers.

“In spite of being grievously injured they returned fire on the terrorists”, an Army spokesman said. Sepoy Singh, 35, joined the Army in 2006 and belonged to Reasi, J&K. Sepoy Yash, 21, joined the Army in 2019 and belonged to Maharashtra.

“The mortal remains of the bravehearts were taken for last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with these bereaved families and remains committed to their dignity and well-being. The perpetrators will be identified, tracked and brought to justice”, the spokesman said.

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