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India, Pak troops trade fire across LoC in Poonch

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Jammu, May 02: Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire and shells along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district Thursday, officials said.

“At about 0930 hours, the Pakistani army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation, starting with firing of small arms, followed by shelling with mortars, along the LoC in Shahpur and Kirni Sectors in Poonch district,” a defence spokesperson said.

The Indian Army mounted a “befitting retaliation”, he added.

Guns had been silent along the LoC since April 15 when the two sides had traded fire and shells in Nowshera sector in Rajouri.

Ten people, including four soldiers, have been killed and over 50 people injured in Rajouri and Poonch districts since India’s February 26 airstrike in Pakistan’s Balakot in response to the Pulwama suicide attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

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