An army jawan was killed and three others injured in an IED explosion near the Line of Control in Tarkundi area of Poonch district on Thursday morning.
Identifying the deceased as Sepoy Shanker Singh, sources said that he was part of an army patrol. The explosion took place around 8.45 hrs.
The IED appeared to have been planted by terrorists who taking advantage of the darkness and high wild growth appear to have sneaked into the Indian side. However, it is yet to be ascertained whether they returned after to Pakistan occupied Kashmir after planting the IED or proceeded to the hinterland on the Indian side, sources added.
It has not been the first time that terrorists have been crossing the LoC to lay booby traps for Indian army by planting IEDs. In the past also, the troops have detected IEDs planted near the border, sources said, adding that their motive behind such activities is to dissuade troops from carrying out patrol in areas near the LoC.
Significantly, this has followed recent visit to India by Pakistan Prime Minsiter Nawaz Sharif who had expressed hope for having good ties with the new Narendra Modi led government at the Centre.
The infiltration attempts by terrorists, coupled with incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops continue along the LoC and international border in Jammu Kashmir despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi extending a hand of friendship to the neighbouring country. Only last month after Narendra Modi government came to power at the Centre, the Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) comprising its regular troops and terrorists had attacked an Indian army patrol near the LoC in Pallanwalla area killing one solder and injuring two others.
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