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JAMMU: Tensions between India and Pakistan are set to escalate further following another ‘audacious’ strike along the Line of Control in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri in which three jawans of the Indian army attained martyrdom while two Pakistani intruders were neutralised in the fierce gunfight on Sunday afternoon.
Till the time of filing the report, the Indian army had not confirmed the nature of strike carried out by the Pakistan BAT team close to the LoC.
In Jammu, Ministry of Defence spokesperson, Lt-Col Devendra Anand issued a statement in which he said, “At about 1:45 PM on Oct 21, 2018, Indian Army in Sunderbani Sector on the Line of Control had a fierce encounter with heavily armed Pakistani intruders very close to the Line of Control. The patrol killed two intruders and recovered warlike stores including two AK-47 rifles”.
“Immediate reaction from other posts effectively cordoned the area and the search and destroy operation is in progress”,he added
Lt-Col Devendra Anand said, “In the ongoing operation three Indian soldiers attained martyrdom while fighting the intruders and one soldier suffered grievous injuries and has been air evacuated to Army Command hospital, Udhampur”. He confirmed his condition was reported to be stable.
Meanwhile, massive cordon and search operations were launched in the forward area to track down presence of another group of intruders in the vicinity.
The three soldiers martyred along the LoC have been identified as Havildar Kaushal Kumar resident of Nowshera, Lance Naik Ranjeet Singh resident of Doda, and Rifleman Rajat Kumar Basan, resident of Pallanwala. Another injured soldier has been identified as Rifleman Rakesh Kumar resident of Samba. High alert was sounded all along the Line of Control to prevent repeat of similar strikes. According to reports, large number of trained terrorists have been camping close to the Line of Control to sneak inside the Indian territory before the mountain passes are closed down due to heavy snowfall in the higher reaches.
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