Soldier killed in Pakistan firing in J&K

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Jammu, June 16 (IANS) An Indian Army soldier was killed on Friday in firing by the Pakistan Army on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naushera sector.

The firing took place on the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, in Jammu, said: “The Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Naushera sector around 5.15 a.m. on Friday. The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively.”

“In the firing exchange Naik Bakhtawar Singh was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries while being evacuated to the military hospital.”

Singh, 34, belonged to Hajipur village in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district.

“He is survived by his wife and three children aged 11 years, 9 years and a 10-month-old baby.”

“The wreath-laying ceremony to honour the martyr will be held in Rajouri on Saturday.” said Mehta.

–IANS

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