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Army soldier injured in landmine explosion in Poonch

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‘Pakistani intruder’ killed along IB in Kathua

Jammu, Jul 22: An Army soldier was today injured in a landmine explosion near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, police said today.

Sepoy Shade Suraj Arun was part of a patrolling party when he accidentally stepped over the landmine in Sawajian sector, causing the explosion, a police official said.

He said the soldier was injured in the blast and was immediately shifted to a military hospital for treatment.

The LoC is dotted with landmines as part of counter-infiltration strategy and sometimes these get washed away by heavy rains, the official said.

Meanwhile, Border Security Force (BSF) today claimed to have shot dead a “Pakistani intruder” along the International Border in Kathua district.

BSF troops, guarding the IB in Hiranagar sector, observed a man intruding into this around 0700 hours and challenged him, a BSF spokesman said.

“Instead of paying any heed to the warning, the individual tried to take cover in the nearby undulating ground. BSF sentry shot the individual foiling any chance of possible infiltration or  escape of the individual back to Pakistani territory,” the spokesman said.

He said, “It is assumed that the intruder was guide of the terrorists who were waiting for his clearance signal. Body of individual has been recovered and legal formalities are in hand.”

A police official said the deceased was around 24 years of age and some Pakistani currency was recovered from his possession.

The identity of the deceased was not known, he said. (With PTI inputs)

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