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Soldier killed in Pakistan firing along LOC in Rajouri

A soldier takes position near the Line of Control in Nowshera sector in Rajouri district near Jammu. File photo

A soldier takes position near the Line of Control in Nowshera sector in Rajouri district near Jammu. File photo  

An Army soldier was killed in fresh ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri on Monday.

An official said the soldier was hit during the firing from across the LoC in Kalal area of Nowshera sector. “It was around 5:30 a.m. that Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera Sector, Rajouri. There was heavy mortar shelling and firing from small arms at the border posts,” an Army official said.

Indian Army responded with gunfire and mortar shelling, the official added.

“On 22 June 2020, Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera Sector, District Rajouri (J&K). Own troops responded strongly to the enemy fire. In the incident, Havildar Dipak Karki was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries,” the Army said in a statement.

A Jammu-based Army spokesman said Pakistan violated ceasefire also in Krishna Ghati and Nowshera Sectors.

“At about 3:30 a.m., Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling mortars along the LoC in Krishna Ghati Sector in Poonch. The Indian Army retaliated befittingly,” the spokesman said.

This is the fourth killing of a soldier on the LoC in the Pir Panjal valley this month in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.

Gunfight in Anantnag

Meanwhile, a gunfight broke out between militants and the security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag on Monday.

The gunfight, according to the Army, erupted during a search operation in a forest in Verinag area.

“The hiding militants opened fire. The firefight continued for two hours,” a police official said.

An operation was on till late Monday evening in the area to neutralise the militants.

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