Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC, 5 Indian soldiers martyred
New Delhi : In a major flare-up along the Line of Control, eleven people, including five soldiers, lost their lives in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in several areas in north Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, officials said.
Four soldiers of the army, a Border Security Force (BSF) sub-inspector were killed in the Pakistan bombing, the officials said. Six civilians were also killed in various areas, news agency PTI reported. Pakistani forces used mortars and other weapons.
Indian soldiers gave a befitting reply to Pakistan and army sources have told that many casualties have been done on the other side as well. Around 6-7 Pakistan army soldiers, including two SSG (Special Service Group) commandos, have been killed and 10-12 injured, army sources said.
In a video released by the Indian Army, several Pakistani army bunkers, fuel dumps and launchpads have been completely destroyed.
Two civilians were killed in Kamalkote sector in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir while a woman was killed in Balkote area in Haji Peer sector of Uri, they added.
A defence spokesperson said the army blocked an infiltration attempt under the cover of the Pakistani firing, along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran sector.
"Suspicious movement was observed by our troops at the forward posts along the LoC in Keran sector (in north Kashmir's Kupwara district) today. The suspected infiltration bid was foiled by alert troops," Col Rajesh Kalia said.
"They fired mortars and other weapons. Befitting response is being given," he said.