Indian Army soldier killed in cross LoC firing

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 00:43

Jammu: An Indian Army soldier was killed in Jammu and Kashmir`s Poonch district on Tuesday when Pakistani troops fired from across the Line of Control (LoC), Army officials here said.

In what is being termed as "another case of ceasefire violation", a senior Army official said the firing came from across the LoC, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Mendhar sector, about 230 km from here, in the early hours of the morning.

"It was unprovoked firing in which one soldier got killed," he said, adding that the Indian side did not retaliate and the matter would be taken up with Pakistani authorities.

The soldier has been identified as Lance Naik Dag Bahadur Gurung.

India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire on the frontiers in November 2003. Indian Defence Minister AK Antony had stated in Parliament recently that 110 incidents of ceasefire violations had taken place along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir since 2006.

"These included 47 incidents of trans-LoC firing... our troops have suffered nine fatal and 25 non-fatal casualties," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 00:43

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