A day after it promised “heavy retribution” for the killing of three of its soldiers — one of the bodies was mutilated — by Pakistanis who crossed the Line of Control in the Machil sector of north Kashmir, the Indian Army launched a fire assault against Pakistani posts at different points along the LoC. Pakistan said it lost three Army personnel, including a Captain, while nine civilians were killed and another nine injured when Indian fire hit a bus on the Neelum Valley road in the Dudhnial sector in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. India said Pakistan opened fire on civilian targets in the sectors of Machil, Keran and Gurez. The Ministry of Defence said DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh spoke to his Pakistan counterpart following a Pakistani request for unscheduled talks on hotline in the aftermath of the Indian Army’s “punitive fire assaults”. The Ministry said the DGMO conveyed concerns over casualties among Indian civilians and soldiers due to unprovoked Pakistani firing. The killing of three Indian soldiers on the LoC were the latest in a series of violent clashes that have taken place since India raided terror launch pads following the Uri attack.
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