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Pakistan violates ceasefire, kills General Reserve Engineering Force personnel in Poonch district

Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire and have killed General Reserve Engineering Force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, PTI has reported.

A labourer was killed and two others, including a BSF trooper, were injured, reports IANS.

The personnel were injured as Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged heavy fire and shelling along the LoC. The exchange occurred in Mendhar area of Poonch district. The officials were working on Dabraj road of Mendhar when a mortar shell landed near them, according to Greater Kashmir.

File image of the armed forces at the LoC. Getty Images

Representational image. Getty Images

The report identifies the injured as Radha Krishnan, Mohd Parvez and Sarvan Kumar. They were rushed to Mendhar hospital. Two of them have been further been referred to Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu in serious condition.

"A labourer was killed and a driver injured from the General Reserve Engineer Force in the firing. A Head Constable from Border Security Force was also injured in the attack," Defence ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS.

This incident comes on the heels of Pakistani troops opening fire along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district from 07.40 am on Thursday. According to a defence spokesman, "Pakistan Army resorted to mortar shelling and firing on forward posts along the LoC in Nowshera sector in Rajouri district from 07.30 am".

On 17 May, Pakistan Army had fired on forward posts along the LoC in Balakote sector in Rajouri district. The Pakistan Army had shelled forward areas and civilian belts along the LoC in Rajouri district on 15 and 16 May.

The firing and shelling by the Pakistan Army in May this year has affected over 12,000 people.

With inputs from agencies

Published Date: Jun 01, 2017 12:19 PM | Updated Date: Jun 01, 2017 12:39 PM

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