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India, Pak troops trade fire across LoC in Poonch

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Jammu, Feb 05: Indian and Pakistani troops Tuesday traded fire across the Line of Control in Poonch district, officials said.

An Army official said two rockets aimed at the army camp in Jhulas area of the Krishna Ghati sector were fired by the Pakistani side around 10.30 am but did not cause any damage.

Indian troops did not retaliate to the "deliberate provocation" to avoid civilian casualties across the border, said the officer, asking not to be named.

"The firing of rockets was a deliberate attempt to instigate strong reaction from the Indian Army since Pakistan is observing ‘Kashmir solidarity day’. There was a possibility of civilian casualties in view of the public rallies across the border," he said.

Since the beginning of the new year, troops of two sides have been regularly trading fire especially along the LoC in Jammu division. A few incidents of ceasefire violations were also witnessed along the International Border in January.

On January 15, Assistant Commandant Vinay Prasad of BSF was killed when he was hit by a Pakistani sniper from across the IB.

An Army porter lost his life along the LoC in Rajouri district on January 11. The same day two army personnel including a major were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri.

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