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Two Civilians Killed, 3 Injured in Ceasefire Violation by Pakistan

In a separate incident, three jawans were injured when an Army patrol party was attacked in Bandipora area.


Updated:July 8, 2017, 10:09 AM IST
Srinagar: Two civilians were killed and three injured in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops early on Saturday.

The Pakistani army resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars at 6:30am in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC), an army spokesperson said, adding that the Indian army was retaliating “strongly and effectively”.

The Pakistani troops rained mortar bomb shells and resorted to heavy firing targeting civilian villages as well, PTI quoted a police officer as saying. "Very heavy shelling is going on. So far two civilians have died in Pakistani shelling in Khadi Karmara village along the LoC," he said, adding that some other people suffered injuries.

In a separate incident, three jawans were injured when an Army patrol party was attacked in Bandipora area.

There have been 23 incidents of ceasefire violation, an attack by Pakistan special forces team and two infiltration bids in June, in which four people including three jawans were killed and 12 were injured.

On June 29, two Indian Army jawans were injured when the Pakistani troops fired from small arms and shelled mortars on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch district.

Even on Eid-ul Fitr on June 26, the Pakistani army fired small arms and automatic weapons and shelled mortars along the LoC in the Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri.

On June 22, a Pakistani special forces team sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans — 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur. One Pakistani soldier was also killed. Pakistan's Border Action Team comprises its army's special forces personnel and terrorists.

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