LoC tension: Exchange of heavy firing, three army men, civilian injured

 KL Report

JAMMU

Indian and Pakistani troops on Thursday again indulged in the exchange of firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Defense sources said that Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing amid rocket and mortar shell attacks on LoC posts injuring three Army men and a civilian in Poonch sector.

This is the 11th ceasefire violation in past five days, defense sources said.

Pakistani troops opened fire along LoC on several Indian forward posts in Balakote belt of Poonch district from 0630 hours, they added.

They fired automatic weapons, rockets and mortar shells in which three army men received minor injuries. They have been shifted to hospital.

Defense sources said that a shell of 82-mm mortar fired by Pakistan troops fell in Sanjote forward area of Mendhar Tehsil resulting in injury to Parvaiz Ahmad, a civilian, who was shifted to GMC hospital in Jammu.

A rocket fired by Pakistani troops fell and exploded on a cowshed in Basonia village of Mendhar Thursday afternoon resulting in death of a dozen cattle, they added.

Defence Spokesman, Jammu, S N Acharya said in a official release that Pakistan Army started unprovoked firing at Indian forward posts in Mendhar sector from 06:30 AM.

“Our troops retaliated immediately with heavy caliber weapons,” he said, adding that the firing was on till late in the afternoon.

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