Army ri­fle­man dead after Pak. sniper fire

‘Cease­fire vi­o­la­tion was un­pro­voked’

The Hindu - - NATION - Spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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