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Two soldiers were killed in separate incidents when militants made their way into the Indian territory along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir, since Saturday night.
The attack comes amid renewed violence along the LoC, where Pakistan has been targeting Indian posts with increased frequency. A senior Border Security Force (BSF) official on Sunday blamed Pakistan for trying to push militants into the Indian territory.
In the first incident, army spokesman Lt Col NN informed, a group of militants opened fire on a patrolling party of 23 Grenadier (under 268 Infantry Division) at Mundian forest in Keran sector on Saturday night. A soldier was critically injured and he later succumbed to his injuries.
“He was immediately shifted to army hospital in Drugmulla in the district where he succumbed to his injuries,'' Joshi said. According to sources the soldier was identified as Sepoy Rahul Kumar, a resident of Bulandsahar in Uttar Pradesh.
In the second incident on Sunday, a fierce encounter broke out between militants and the army at Kalaroos forest area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Official sources said that a group of at least 6-8 infiltrators who had sneaked in to the Indian territory near Z-Gali in Machil sector were engaged in the encounter that ended in the afternoon. Besides four militants, a soldier was reported to have been killed in the operation.
The day also saw Pakistani rangers continuing to target Indian border posts, which prompted one of the strongest retaliatory fire from the Indian side in recent times, officials said.
“Pakistan rangers started firing at about 10 pm Saturday night targeting 25 of our posts. The firing continued till early Sunday morning at about 7am. India also fired back in equal terms,” a BSF official said.
"One of the main reasons for the increase in unprovoked firings from Pakistan looks to facilitate infiltration (of militants). Last year too, Pakistan did so during the same time," the BSF director general DK Pathak said.
The Border Security Force said on Sunday that it had thrice foiled Pakistan's attempts to sneak terrorists into India on the India-Pakistan International Border in Jammu and Kashmir in the past few weeks.
The previous day, the army detected a tunnel along the Line of Control in Pallanwalla sector -- the same spot where a jawan had died in an encounter with infiltrators who had managed to sneak 700 meters inside Indian territory in July.
(With agency inputs)