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India, Pak troops trade fire along LoC for third consecutive day

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Jammu, Mar 19: Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire for the third consecutive day along the LoC in Akhnoor and Sunderbani sectors Tuesday, officials said.

“There was continuous ceasefire violation as the Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district Tuesday,” the officials said.

“At 10.45 pm Monday, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by resorting to shelling with mortar bombs and firing of small arms along the LoC in Akhnoor and Sunderbani sectors,” a defence spokesman said.

The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, he said, adding that the firing continued till Tuesday morning.

On Monday, an Army soldier was killed and four others were injured when the Pakistan Army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Rajouri district.

“In the incident, rifleman Karamjeet Singh was critically injured and later succumbed to injuries,” the spokesman said, adding that four other soldiers were injured and condition of two of them was stated to be critical.

As per the officials, the causality was caused in the Pakistani shelling along the LoC in Keri Battal forward area in the Sunderbani sector.

On Sunday too, the sector was targeted by the Pakistan Army, he said.

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