STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar/POONCH: Three soldiers were martyred and five injured on Thursday as Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations at multiple places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.“Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along LoC in Naugam Sector, Kupwara, on Thursday morning by firing mortars and other weapons,” Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.He said two soldiers were martyred and four sustained injuries in the firing from across the border.“The injured personnel are being evacuated while befitting response is being given to Pakistani firing,” he added.The Pakistani side resorted to unprovoked firing in Keran and Machhil sectors in the district as well, the spokesman said. He said a befitting response was being give.In another act of ceasefire violation, an army jawan was martyred and another injured when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in district, officials said.The Pakistan Army initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing from small arms and intense shelling of mortars along the LoC in the Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors on Wednesday night, a defence spokesperson said.The Indian Army retaliated in a befitting manner, he added.Lance Naik Karnail Singh was martyred in the firing from across the border, the spokesperson said.“The general officer commanding of the White Knight Corps and all ranks salute braveheart Lance Naik Karnail Singh, who made the supreme sacrifice in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district on the night of September 30, and offer condolences to his family,” he said.According to reports, another jawan was injured in the firing in the Krishna Ghati sector and has been hospitalised.Pakistan has been targeting the hamlets in Poonch for the last five days, resulting in injuries to several animals due to shelling on Tuesday. The Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire 47 times in September.An Army personnel was martyred and two others, including an officer, were injured on September 5 as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by using heavy fire and mortar shells along the LoC in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, officials said.
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