Five Indian soldiers injured in Pakistani firing across LoC

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Jammu, Feb 26 (IANS) Five Indian soldiers were injured on Tuesday as Pakistan violated the ceasefire on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts, triggering a gunfight as Indian troops retaliated, defence officials said.

Defence sources said five soldiers were injured in Keri Bhattal area in the Akhnoor sector of the LoC in Jammu district.

“Two injured soldiers were shifted to hospital for treatment while other three injured only sustained minor injuries,” a source said.

Earlier, Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said Pakistan violated ceasefire in Akhnoor, Nowshera and Krishna Ghati sectors of the LoC around 5.30 p.m. using heavy mortars and small arms to target Indian positions.

Indian army was retaliating strongly and effectively, he said.

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The multiple ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC came on a day the Indian Air Force carried out strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

–IANS

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