Express News Service
SRINAGAR: A day after Pakistan army chief visited the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan army conducted cross-LoC raid and ambushed army’s patrol party at Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, killing two soldiers and mutilating their bodies.
Army’s Northern command spokesman said Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked rocket, mortar and heavy firing toward forward posts of army along the LoC in Krishna Gati sector in Poonch this morning.
He said the army men effectively returned the fire from similar caliber weapons.
The spokesman said as cross-LoC firing was going on, Pakistani troops BAT attacked the patrol party of troops operating in between the two posts.
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Sources said the BAT team, which usually comprises Pakistani commandos and well trained militant, had crossed the LoC and ambushed the joint patrol party of Army and BSF.
“The BAT of Pakistani troops killed two soldiers part of the patrol. They also mutilated bodies of the two soldiers,” the Northern command spokesman said.
He termed mutilation of bodies of soldiers by BAT team of Pakistani troops as an unsoldierly and despicable act.
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The Northern command spokesman warned that such despicable act of Pakistan army will be appropriately responded by army.
Sources identified the deceased as JCO Paramjeet Singh of Army’s 22 Sikh Infantry and BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar.
Another BSF jawan was injured in the BAT attack.
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According to sources, after the BAT attack, reinforcement was rushed to the area and they launched massive combing operation in the area, which continued for few hours.
The BAT attack took place a day after Pakistan army chief General Qamar Bajwa visited LoC at Hajipir sector in PaK and warned that “Pakistan cannot remain indifferent to the ‘barbaric treatment’ meted out to defenceless Kashmiris including women and children in Jammu and Kashmir’.
Today’s attack was the second BAT attack on soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir in six months.
Earlier, on November 22, 2016 three soldiers were killed and body of one of them mutilated by in BAT’s cross-LoC raid in Machil sector of border district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.
On October 28, 2016, a soldier was killed and his body mutilated in Machil sector by militants, who were aided by cover fire by Pakistani Army.
Army in response to these killings had launched a day long offensive on positions of Pakistani troops along the LoC on November 23, killing three Pakistani soldiers and silencing their guns for a long time.