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2 soldiers killed, 4 hurt in cross-LoC firing in Kupwara

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Another soldier killed in Poonch

Srinagar/Jammu: Two soldiers were killed and four injured in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector in Kupwara on Thursday, officials said.

“Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Naugam sector, Kupwara on Thursday morning by firing mortars and other weapons,” Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

He said two soldiers were killed and four sustained injuries in the firing from across the border.

“The injured personnel are being evacuated while a befitting response is being given to the Pakistani firing,” he added.

In a similar incident, an army soldier was killed and another injured when Pakistani resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in forward areas along the LoC in Poonch district, officials said.

“The Pakistan Army initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing from small arms and intense shelling of mortars along the LoC in the Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors on Wednesday night,” a defence spokesperson said.

“The Indian Army retaliated in a befitting manner,” he added.

Lance Naik Karnail Singh was killed in the firing from across the border, the spokesperson said.

According to reports, another soldier was injured in the firing in the Krishna Ghati sector and has been hospitalised.

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