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2 Indian soldiers injured as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Poonch

LiveMint logoLiveMint 24-09-2017 PTI

Jammu: Two soldiers were on Sunday injured as Pakistan opened fire at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said.

Troops guarding the border retaliated and the exchange of fire between the two sides lasted for nearly 30 minutes.

A defence spokesman told PTI that Pakistani troops opened fire and shelled forward posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali area of Balakote sector around 0300 hours, resulting in splinter injuries to two jawans. Hundreds of border dwellers have been forced to flee their homes due to the Pakistani firing and shelling and take shelter at camps set up by the government.

Incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year. Till 1 August, there have been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army, while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures by the Indian Army.

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