Army officer among 4 soldiers killed in Rajouri border shelling

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Rajouri: An army officer was among four soldiers killed and two others received injuries in cross border shelling at Rajoura district of Jammu region on Sunday evening.

Official sources told news agency GNS that Pakistani army violated ceasefire and opened fire upon army’s 15 Jak Li posts at Bhimber Gali sector late today evening resulting into the killing of four army men including an officer.

“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of Small arms, automatics, mortars and missiles from 1530 hours in BG sector along the Line of Control (LC). Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively and heavy damage has been inflicted on Pakistani Army Posts,” army’s spokesperson in a statement issued to GNS said.

However, in the exchange of fire, one officer and three jawans were grievously injured and succumbed to their injuries, the spokesman said.

“The unprovoked action by Pakistani Army will be given a befitting response”, the spokesman claimed.

The deceased have been identified as Captain Kapil Kundu, Rifleman Ram Avtar, Rifleman Shubam Singh and Havaldar Roshan Lal.

One more soldier namely Niak Iqbal Ahmed, sources said was injured in the area and has been hospitalized.

Meanwhile, sources said that Pakistani army violated ceasefire in Sunderbani area along the border.

In the incident, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of BSF 126 bn sustained injuries and was hospitalized.

When reports last came in the intermittent cross-border exchange of firing were going on at both the places.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudary ordered closure of schools close to the borders.

“All 84 Schools located in 0-5KM along LoC from Sunderbani to Manjakote shall remain closed for next 3 days,” DC said.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed anguish over the killings.

“Pained to hear that three soldiers were killed & two injured along the Line of Control in Rajouri. My condolences to the deceased’s families,” Mehooba tweeted.

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