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2-3 Pakistani soldiers killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops, says Army

At least two to three Pakistani armymen are believed to have been killed on Tuesday in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district, an official said.

India TV News Desk, Jammu [ Published on: October 25, 2016 20:49 IST ]
Image Source : PTI Indian Army soldiers at the International Border with Pakistan

At least two to three Pakistani armymen are believed to have been killed on Tuesday in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district, an official said.

Six members of a family were also injured in R S Pura and Noushera sectors along the International Border and Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistani firing. 

Heavy exchange of fire, involving use of 82 mm and 120 mm mortar shells besides small arms, was still on in the evening after it started at around 10am. 

Meanwhile, Pakistan today summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner to lodge a strong protest against "ceasefire violations" along the International Border (IB), Pakistan’s Foreign Office said. 

“From 10 am, Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Noushera sector of Rajouri district by targeting our positions with mortar bombs and small arms fire,” an army officer said. 

The Indian Army gave a “befitting response” to the ceasefire violation from the Pakistani side, he added. 

“We have inputs that two to three Pakistani soldiers have been killed in the retaliatory firing by our men,” an army officer told PTI in Jammu. 

“The firing is still going on and our side is giving a befitting reply,” he said, adding there is no loss of life or injury on our side. 

In Jammu district, six female members of a family were injured in Suchetgarh sector of R S Pura along the International Border after a mortar shell fired by the Pakistan Rangers exploded in their house this evening. 

“They are being given first aid at RS Pura hospital after which they will be shifted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here shortly,” Deputy Commissioner (Jammu) Simrandeep Singh said.

Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was today summoned by the Director General (South Asia and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).   

A strong protest was lodged against the unprovoked ceasefire violations on October 23-24 by Indian forces at the Working Boundary in Phuklian and Chaprar Sectors in which two civilians, including a one-and-a-half-year-old girl, were killed and six others were injured, Foreign Office said in a statement.   

"It was conveyed to the Indian side that it should investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan, instruct its troops to respect the Ceasefire in letter and spirit, refrain from intentionally targeting the villages and maintain peace on the Working Boundary," the statement said.

India has said that there have been over 40 ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side since army carried out surgical strikes inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir targeting terror launching pads, post the attack on an army camp in Uri on September 18.

A six-year-old boy and a BSF Jawan were killed and 10 people including 8 civilians were injured in the shelling yesterday when Pakistan Rangers targeted over 25 Border out Posts in the border hamlets along International Border. 

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