Army man killed in LoC firing incident

KL Report

JAMMU

An army man was killed and two others injured when they went to rescue a colleague hurt in a landmine blast, in the first major incident of firing by Pakistani troops at the LoC after recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

The army said at around 10 am, Havaldar Vinod Kumar, a part of the Engineer Regiment, was injured while planting landmines on the Indian side at the Pallanwalla sector near the Line of Control.

When a Maratha Light Infantry patrol team went to rescue him, Pakistani troops opened fire and wounded three soldiers. One of them later died.

Defence sources said there have been several infiltration bids this month from Pakistan side along the Line of Control. On May 10, two militants were killed in the Poonch sector, where infiltrators had tried to enter earlier on May 3.

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