Pakistan troops cross LOC, five killed in skirmish

July 28th, 2008 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, July 28 (IANS) One Indian and four Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a major ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in the north Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir Monday. The gunfire between the two sides continued Monday night. Army sources here said a group of 10-12 Pakistani soldiers crossed into the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nowgam sector around 3.00 p.m. Monday.

“The group of intruding Pakistani soldiers started firing from their automatic weapons at the Indian post on our side of the LoC, resulting in the death of one soldier of the 22 Rajput Regiment,” an Army source here said.

“In the retaliatory firing, four Pakistani soldiers have been killed. The body of one Pakistani soldier is still lying on our side of the LoC,” the source added.

“Heavy automatic gunfire between the two sides is still continuing in the area,” the source said.

The defence spokesperson here confirmed the Indian casualty and incursion by the Pakistani soldiers, but remained tight-lipped about the exact number of Pakistani casualties in the skirmish.

An Indian Army officer in New Delhi said Director General of Military Operations Lt. Gen. Sekhon will talk to his Pakistani counterpart Major General Ahmed Pasha Tuesday on the hotline, following which there will be a flag meeting between the two countries to resolve the issue.

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