Army porter killed in Pak shelling along LoC in Uri

TNN Bureau. Updated: 7/30/2020 10:51:09 AM Front Page

Two infiltrators killed in Nowshera

SRINAGAR: An Army porter was on Wednesday killed when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked heavy shelling and firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in north Kashmir district of Baramulla.
Official sources informed that Pakistani troops, violating the 2003 ceasefire, fired mortar shells and resorted to heavy firing on Wednesday, targeting forward posts and civilian areas in Lasipora area in Uri sector.
They said Indian troops retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for over an hour.
“An Army porter, identified as Altaf Hussain, was critically injured in the ceasefire violation. The injured was immediately taken to a hospital where he succumbed,” they said.
Sources said Pakistani troops have been frequently violating ceasefire in J&K from last about a year. “The frequency has increase since March this year as the infiltration passages through which militants sneak into this side have opened with the melting of snow,” they said.
Three heavily armed militants were killed in two separate incidents earlier this month immediately after they sneaked into this side at LoC in Kupwara.
Meanwhile, officials confirmed that Indian Army personnel foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district on Tuesday, and two Pakistani terrorists were killed and another was injured.
They said Indian troops opened fire when they intercepted movement of a group of terrorists near the LoC in the Nowshera sector.
“There was a brief exchange of fire. Subsequently a blast took place, probably after an intruder stepped on a landmine. In the gunfight and blast, two terrorists were killed and another was injured,” they said.
The bodies of the slain terrorists were yet to be recovered. There is apprehension that their accomplices, who were pushed back, might have taken these with them from the spot.
"The entire area along the LoC has been cordoned off and searches are going on," a source said.
On June 1, Army personnel had foiled a similar infiltration bid and killed three heavily-armed intruders in the same area.

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