Five Indian Army soldiers killed, wounded in retaliatory fire at LoC

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Five Indian Army soldiers killed, wounded in retaliatory fire at LoC

JAMMU - Five Indian Army officials were killed and wounded by retaliatory fire by Pakistan Army.

An Indian Army jawan was on Tuesday killed while four others including a lieutenant were injured as Pakistani troops shelled at forward posts in retaliation to Indian Army fire along the Line of Control in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said, NDTV has reported.

The cross-border shelling by Indian troops started in Krishna Ghati sector Tuesday morning and continued for over two hours, the retalitory fire by Pakistan resulting in injuries to five soldiers including an officer, an Army officer said.

One of the injured soldiers later succumbed to injuries at the military hospital.

A police official said a lieutenant and two junior commissioned officers were among the injured and they were evacuated to command hospital in Udhampur district for specialized treatment.

Indian Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from 0700 hours using small arms, automatics and mortars.

Pakistan Army has retaliated strongly, effectively and proportionately to the unprovoked ceasefire violation.

This is for the third straight day that Indian troops have violated the ceasefire and targeted forward posts.

However, the shelling failed to have any impact on cross-LoC trade which takes place between for four days a week from Tuesday to Friday along the Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch district and Salamabad in Uri sector of Baramulla district.

Dozens of trucks from either side crossed the border from the trade facilitation centres, the officials said.