Jawan, 2 infiltrators killed on LoC in Poonch cross firing

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Jammu, Sep 21 (UNI) An army jawan and two militants were killed during a daylong exchange of fire between the Army and Pakistan troops from across the border at the forward Indian Post on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, sources today said.

''A jawan, identified as Chokin Tanchang of 1 Assam Regiment, was critically wounded in the firing and died later,'' the sources told UNI.

The Army opened fire on noticing movement of militants from across the border at Kamya Post near village Tokiya, situated at the forward post on the Indian side having around 300-400 houses,'' the sources added.

Two infiltrators were gunned down during the exchange of fire as Pakistani troops fired heavily to give cover to the ultras to infiltrate.

''The bodies of the slain militants were lying on the zeroline but they cannot be lifted by the Army as the Pakistani troops continuously fired bullets on the Indian Post,''the sources said.

Heavy firing from across the border at short intervals started at around 1030 hrs at the Kamya Post in Sabzian sub-sector of Poonch district and ended at around 1700 hrs as a group of militants sneaked into Indian territory under the covering fire from across the border, they said.

A group of around 15 militants crossed over to this side of the fencing via Kabristan Post in Pakistan and were trapped by the Army close to the Kalash Indian Post along the Line of Control (LoC). Two of them were gunned down by the Army, the sources asserted.

Pakistan had opened fire on the Indian forward Post Copra in Sabzian sub-sector of Poonch on Thursday night.

The ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan has been breached by the Pakistani troops in the twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri around 35 times in the last two months, the sources added.

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