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Soldier killed as in cross-LoC firing in Rajouri, 2 civilians injured in Karnah

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Srinagar, Jul 30: An Army soldier was killed as Indian and Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district for the third consecutive day on Tuesday, while some civilians were injured in Karnah area of Kupwara, officials said.

“Indian troops gave a befitting reply to ceasefire violation by Paksitan, resulting in heavy damage to enemy’s posts and casualties of its soldiers,” they said.

In the exchange of fire, Naik Krishan Lal (34) was killed, the officials said.

Lal hailed from Akhnoor district's Ghagriyal village. He is survived by his wife, Shashi Devi, they said.

Two civilians were injured as the armies of India and Pakistan traded heavy fire and shelling along the LoC in Karnah area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

An official said that the exchange of fire took place suddenly and that they were unable to issue advisory to the people living in the peripheries.

“Two residents who had sustained minor injuries were received at sub-district hospital Tangdhar. Both are out of danger,” said Sub-Divisional Magistrate Dr. Alyas Ahmad.

He said there was no immediate report of any damage to the property. He also said they have advised the people living near LoC to stay inside their bunkers till the exchange of fire stops.

The administration in Karnah has ordered closure of all educational institutions on Wednesday.

Intermittent exchange of fire was going on when this report was being filed.

Meanwhile some unconfirmed reports suggested that Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid in Kanzalwan area of Gurez.

Some sources said that nearly two infiltrators were killed. However, no bodies were recovered when this report was being filed.

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