Two soldiers killed, four injured in Pak firing along LoC in J&K’s Kupwara

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Two soldiers were killed and four others were injured today in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowgam sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, defence officials said.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia told NVI that Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in the Nowgam sector this morning by firing mortars and other weapons. “Two soldiers fatal. Four soldiers injured who are being evacuated. Befitting reply being given,” he said.

The loss of lives on the Indian side comes after the Army lost a soldier in the Mankote sector of Poonch last night in heavy firing from the Pakistan side.

Locals in Kupwara’s border area said that huge sounds of explosions are being heard intermittently. “It started since morning and since then ground shaking explosions are taking place in Nowgam,” a group of villagers said, adding that they locked themselves inside their homes and took their livestock to safer locations.

“It seems that both armies are using heavy artillery firing,” the locals said.

Pertinently, this year so far, 1,900 CFVs have taken place, which is the highest in the past three years.

-ARK