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Ceasefire violations: 2 soldiers killed in Pak firing

One dies in sniper firing in Machil, another succumbs to shelling injuries.

By: Express News Service | Jammu/srinagar |
Updated: November 10, 2016 3:51:17 am
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A soldier was killed in north Kashmir’s Machil sector when Pakistani snipers attacked Army posts on the Line of Control, a defence spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The spokesperson said that Army retaliated with heavy weapon firing on Pakistani posts.

The identity of the soldier was not immediately known.

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Another Indian soldier, who was injured in shelling by Pakistani troops in Nowshera sector, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital late Tuesday night.

Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said Naik Harindra Kumar Yadav, 30, of Balia district in Uttar Pradesh, is survived by his wife Gyanti and three children.

He was among the two soldiers who were hit by splinters when a mortar shell fell near them on Tuesday.

The other soldier, Naik Prem Singh, 26, of Shahar village in Barmer district of Rajasthan died on the spot. He is survived by wife Raina, said the defence spokesperson.

Pakistani troops had resorted to heavy mortar shelling along the LoC in Nowshera, Balakote and Mankote areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts on Tuesday.
They used 120 mm and 82 mm mortar shells to target forward Indian positions.

In a separate incident, two militants were gunned down in an encounter at Dursoo village in Baramulla district. They were killed during a search operation by Rashtriya Rifles and the Special Operation Group of J&K Police. “Two AK rifles were recovered from their possession. The operation is still on,’’ a defence spokesperson said. Both militants were yet to be identified.

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