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India, Pak troops trade fire along LoC in Poonch

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Jammu, Jan 26: Indian and Pakistani troops Saturday traded fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.

The small arms firing and mortar shelling from across the border started in Mankote area of Mendhar sector around 10:00 AM, a defence spokesman said, adding that Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively.

A police official said the exchange of fire between the two sides continued till 1230 hours but there was no report of any casualty on the Indian side in the Pakistani firing.

Meanwhile, defence sources said there was no traditional exchange of sweets between the two armies at Chakan Da Bagh crossing point along the LoC in Poonch on the occasion of the Republic Day.

"No exchange of sweets at Chakan Da Bagh in view of the ongoing tense situation along the LoC,” the sources said.

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