Army rifleman dead after Pak. sniper fire
‘Ceasefire violation was unprovoked’
A soldier was killed in a sniper fire by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu’s Sunderbani Sector, while two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in the Kashmir Valley.
A Jammu-based Army spokesman said the Pakistan Army resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation in Sunderbani sector at around 9.45 a.m. on Saturday. “In the incident, rifleman Varun Katal was critically injured. Later, he succumbed to gunshot wounds at 11.10 a.m.” said the spokesman. The Indian Army retaliated “strongly and effectively” on Pakistan Army posts, said the spokesperson.
Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were wounded in Pakistan army’s firing.
An official said “heavy fire and shelling” along the LoC were exchanged on Saturday evening.
2 Hizb militants killed
Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an operation on Saturday. A police spokesman said a cordonand-search operation was launched by the security forces in Tikken area of Pulwama early in the morning.
“As the search operation was on, the hiding militants fired on the search party. In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site,” the police said.
The slain militants were identified as Liaqat Munir Wani and Wajid-ul-Islam from Pulwama. Wani joined the Hizb in 2017 and was a postgraduate in history. Wani’s father Munir Ahmed Wani was also a militant commander and died in 1997 after remaining active for eight years.