Pakistan targets LoC posts with mortar bombs on Eid: Army

An eerie silence prevailed during the day in areas along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts as people celebrated Eid.

Published: 27th June 2017 10:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th June 2017 05:16 PM   |  A+A-

Smoke billows out from a forest after mortar shells were allegedly fired by Pakistani army in Naushera sector near the Line of Control LoC in Rajouri district. | PTI

By PTI

JAMMU: The Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire yesterday night by firing from automatic weapons and shelling mortars on Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, the Army said.

An eerie silence prevailed during the day in areas along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts as people celebrated Eid. Border guarding forces from either side too exchanged sweets on the International Border in Jammu to mark Eid-ulFitr, which marks culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan.

These areas have witnessed 20 ceasefire violations, an attack by Pakistan special forces team and two infiltration bids in June, in which four people including three jawans were killed died and 10 were injured.

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"The Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms and automatic weapons and shelling of mortar along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector in Rajouri district from 2015 hours," a defence spokesman said.

The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, he said.

A jawan was injured in back-to-back ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Army yesterday.

The Pakistani Army breached the truce thrice yesterday by firing small arms and shelling mortars on army posts along the LoC in the Rajouri and Poonch sectors. The Indian side fired back in retaliation, Army sources said.

Pakistani troops on Saturday fired on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector.

These violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistan special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans. One Pakistani soldier was also killed.

Pakistan's Border Action Team comprises its army's special forces personnel and terrorists.

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