3 army soldiers martyred, 5 injured in Pak firing at LOC in Kupwara and Poonch

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Indian Army soldiers responding to Pakistan's firing at the LOC. (Representative photo)
Indian Army soldiers responding to Pakistan's firing at the LOC. (Representative photo)

Srinagar/ October 1: The armies of India and Pakistan on Thursday exchanged heavy artillery fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in twin border districts of Jammu and Kashmir – Kupwara and Poonch – in which three soldiers were martyred while five others suffered injuries were evacuated for medical attention.

Two soldiers were also martyred and four others injured in cross border shelling in Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector of Kupwara district.

Kashmir-based Defense spokesperson Lieutenant Col Rajesh Kalia said that Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along LoC in Naugam Sector, Kupwara on Thursday morning by firing mortars and other weapons that claimed two fatalities while fours other soldiers were also injured who were being evacuated to hospital.

“Pakistan initiated an unprovoked Ceasefire Violation along LoC in Naugam Sector, Kupwara today morning by firing mortars & other weapons. Two soldiers fatal. Four soldiers injured, being evacuated. Befitting response being given,” said Lt. Col. Rajesh Kalia.

He identified the slain soldiers as Havaldar Kuldeep of 15 Sikh Light Infantry and Rifleman Shubham, Unit 8 JAK Rifles.

Meanwhile another soldier was martyred while another suffered injuries in Krishna Ghati sector of the Poonch district of Jammu region after Pakistan resorted to indiscriminate and unprovoked ceasefire violation.

Jammu-based Defense spokesperson Lt. Col. Devender Anand said, “On 30 Sept 2020, Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati Sector, District Poonch (J&K)”.

He said the troops deployed there gave befitting response during which two army personnel were critically injured who were subsequently moved for medical facilities, however one among the injured namely Lance Naik Karnail Singh succumbed to his injuries.

“Own troops responded strongly to the enemy fire. In the incident, Lance Naik Karnail Singh was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries,” Lt Col. Devender Anand said. He identified the slain soldier as Lance Naik Karnail Singh.

While paying tribute to the slain soldier, Jammu-based Defense spokesperson said that Lance Naik Singh was a brave, highly motivated and a sincere soldier. He added that nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifices and devotion to duty.

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