Army ma­jor, soldier mar­tyred in IED blast in Now­shera

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RA­JOURI, JAN 11: An Army ma­jor and a soldier were killed in an IED blast at Now­shera sec­tor in Ra­jouri dis­trict of J&K, an of­fi­cial was quoted by news agency. An im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice was planted by sus­pected mil­i­tants in foot-track along the LOC to tar­get Army sol­diers pa­trolling the bor­der­line in Laam belt of Now­shera sec­tor of Ra­jouri dis­trict, they said. The blast re­sulted in in­juries to two sol­diers, in­clud­ing a ma­jor, the of­fi­cials said, adding they were rushed to a hospi­tal where they suc­cumbed to in­juries. In an­other in­ci­dent, ter­ror­ists lobbed a gre­nade at CRPF pla­toon near Lal Chowk, Sri­na­gar on Fri­day evening. No loss of life or in­jury was re­ported from the at­tack. Ear­lier today, a Ju­nior Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cer (JCO) and a soldier were in­jured in an IED blast along the LOC in Jammu and Kash­mir's Ra­jouri dis­trict. An im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice was planted by sus­pected ter­ror­ists in foot-track along the LOC to tar­get Army sol­diers pa­trolling the bor­der­line in Laam sec­tor of Ra­jouri dis­trict. Army sol­diers have been alerted against IED blasts and at­tacks by the bor­der ac­tion teams (BATS) of the Pak­istan Army. Also on Fri­day, an Army porter was crit­i­cally in­jured when Pak­istani troops con­tin­ued cease­fire vi­o­la­tions for the fourth con­sec­u­tive day along the LOC in Ra­jouri and Poonch dis­tricts of Jammu and Kash­mir, prompt­ing the In­dian Army to re­tal­i­ate, of­fi­cials said. Pak­istan troops re­sorted to fir­ing and shelling along the LOC in for­ward areas in Now­shera and Poonch sec­tors, crit­i­cally in­jur­ing an Army porter, they said. He has been hos­pi­talised, the of­fi­cials

added. Late on Thurs­day, an Army ma­jor and a BSF soldier were in­jured in shelling by Pak­istan in Tarkundi for­ward area of Balakote sec­tor. The Pak­istan Army vi­o­lated cease­fire for a third con­sec­u­tive day Thurs­day, invit­ing a strong re­tal­i­a­tion from In­dian forces. "One Army ma­jor and a con­sta­ble of BSF were in­jured as Pak­istani troops vi­o­lated cease­fire in Tarkundi for­ward area of Balakote sec­tor late Thurs­day," an Army of­fi­cer said. Both of them were shifted to 166 Mil­i­tary hospi­tal at Jammu and their con­di­tion is stated to be sta­ble.

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