Army Repulses Pak Border Action Team, 2 Soldiers Killed In Firefight

Two jawans killed by Pakistani troops in J&K's Poonch sector Indian Army hits back

Jammu: The Pakistan troops on Thursday violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the third such BAT attack in the Poonch region this year.

Defence Ministry sources said the Pakistan Army indulged in "unprovoked firing and shelling at Indian positions" with small arms, automatics and mortars. While the firefight was going on, the Pakistani posts resorted to heavy firing, the official said. "In the firefight our two jawans have been martyred", said army in a statement.

He identified the deceased soldiers as Naik Jadhav Sandip and Sepoy Mane Savan. According to news agency PTI, two soldiers were martyred in the attack by Pakistan's BAT.

One of the attackers was injured in the Indian retaliatory action and his body was extricated under the cover of heavy firing by the Pakistani troops from their posts across the LoC, an Army official said. Another has managed to escape under cover fire from Pakistan. The Army said a BAT team comprising five to seven members were 600 metres within India, reported Hinudstan Times.

In February 2000, seven months after the Kargil War, a Pakistani BAT killed seven Indian soldiers in Nowshera in Rajouri district.

The intruders attacked Army posts along LoC at around 2 pm on Thursday. It had also beheaded Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh.

A group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan- administered Kashmir but the bid was foiled by the alert troops, an Army official said. The Indian troops killed one armed intruder, whose body "is within visual reach", he said.

The operation is still going on, the officials added.

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