3 soldiers killed, 5 injured in LoC firing in Kupwara, Poonch

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Three soldiers were killed and five others injured in Pakistani firing on the Line of Control in Kupwara and Poonch districts on Thursday.

Two soldiers were killed and four injured in Naugam sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, defence spokesperson said.

A senior police official identified the slain soldiers as Havaldar Kuldeep of 15 Sikh light infantry and rifleman Shubham of 8 JAK rifles.

The defence spokesperson said the ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops started Thursday morning and lasted for several hours. “The Pakistani troops fired mortars and other weapons during an unprovoked ceasefire violation in Naugam sector. Two soldiers were killed while four sustained injuries. The injured soldiers have been evacuated and shifted to hospital. A befitting response is being given to the enemy forces,” he said.

On August 7, six civilians were injured in two separate incidents of ceasefire violation in Tanghdar and Naugam sectors.

Three days back in Machil Sector of Kupwara district, a soldier sustained injury in Pakistani firing.

Soldier killed, another injured in Poonch:

An army Lance Naik was killed while another received injuries as Pakistani army shelled villages and army installations along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district.

In its official statement, Jammu based spokesman of army, Lt Col Devander Anand, said that in the late evening hours of 30 September, Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector of District Poonch.

“Our troops responded strongly to the enemy fire,” the spokesman said adding that in the incident Lance Naik Karnail Singh was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries.

Officials said that another army personnel was injured in the shelling who was evacuated for treatment.

Police officials added that areas along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati were heavily shelled by Pak army in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

They added that the entire area from Sagra Balnoi to Jhulas in Krishna Ghati sector got rattled with Pak shelling.