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Soldier killed, 4 others injured in Pakistan shelling along LoC

Soldier killed, 4 others injured in Pakistan shelling along LoC
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An Army jawan was today killed while four others including a were injured as Pakistani troops shelled mortars at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in district of and Kashmir, officials said.

The cross-border shelling by troops started in Krishna Ghati sector this morning and continued for over two hours, resulting in to five soldiers including an officer, an Army said.

One of the injured soldiers later succumbed to at the military hospital.

said a and two junior commissioned officers were among the injured and they were evacuated to command hospital in district for specialized treatment.

Earlier, N N Joshi said that Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from 0700 hours using small arms, automatics and mortars.

has retaliated strongly, effectively and proportionately to the unprovoked ceasefire violation, he said.

This is for the third straight day that Paksitani troops have violated the ceasefire and targeted forward posts and villages in the twin districts of and Rajouri.

However, the shelling failed to have any impact on cross-LoC trade which takes place between for four days a week from Tuesday to Friday along the Chakan Da Bagh in district and Salamabad in Uri sector of district.

Dozens of trucks from either side crossed the border from the trade facilitation centres, the officials said.

With the latest killing, the death toll in the Pakistani shelling along the LoC this year has gone up to 27.

The dead included 13 security personnel and five members of a family who lost their lives when a shell hit their house in Balakote sector of district on March 18.

troops have violated ceasefire along the LoC and IB over 650 times this year.

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