Major, 3 soldiers killed in Pakistan firing; two wounded

3 Pakistani troops killed in cross-border firing

The incident took place in the afternoon, when the Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire and fired indiscriminately on the Indian Army posts along the LoC in the Keri battalion area of Rajouri sector in the Jammu division.

The statement said that the dead include an army officer and that Indian soldiers retaliated "strongly and effectively". They succumbed to their injuries at a hospital.

Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were fearless and honest soldiers.

Intelligence sources said the cross-border firing was preceded by an IED blast and militants firing on an Indian patrol. India has stressed that any collateral damage in the cross-border firings is due to the Pakistan army's "unacceptable" support to cross-border terrorism and infiltration as well as its strategy to deploy civilians at forward posts to gain intelligence and act as guides to terrorists crossing the LoC. "Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are under medical treatment", he added. "Our soldiers' martyrdom will not go in vain", Colonel Joshi said.

Officials said maj Ambadas, 32, was from Bhandara district of Maharashtra and is survived by his wife Avoli, reports Hindustan Times. He is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.




A spokesperson for the Pakistani army did not immediately react to this accusation.

At least four Indian soldiers on border patrol have been killed by Pakistani fire on the de facto border of the disputed region Kashmir.

She conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the families of slain soldiers.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh also paid tributes to the three army men and Major killed in cross-border firing in Rajouri district.

He said the sacrifices rendered by the soldiers would be remembered forever.

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