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Four Army soldiers killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

By Vikas

Four Indian Army soldiers were killed and one injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri Sector on Sunday, said reports.

The martyred soldiers have been identified as - Capt Kapil Kundu, Rifleman Ram Avtar, Riflemab Shubam Singh and Hav Roshan Lal. The injured soldier is Lance Naik Iqbal Ahmed.

As per last reports, the exchange of fire is still underway between the two sides.

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Earlier in the day, a 15-year-old girl, Shahnaz Bano, of Islamabad village of Shahpur, Poonch District, was injured in the Pakistani firing.

A Defence spokesman had earlier on Sunday said Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars around 1110 hours. The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, he said.

[Ceasefire violation by Pakistan: 15-year-old girl injured]

Fourteen persons, including eight civilians, were killed and over 70 others injured in intense shelling by Pakistan along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts and LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts from January 18 to 22.

On January 20, five people, including two BSF jawans were killed and 35 others injured after Pakistan violated ceasefire along the International Border.

During a during a meeting of the BSF and Pakistan Rangers in January, India had warned it against ceasefire violations along the International Border. The BSF Director General (DG), who recently toured the area, had said that the situation along the IB here was "very tense" and his men were on a high alert. The last such meeting of sector commanders of the two sides was held on September 29 last year.

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