India, Pak trade fire along LoC in Poonch overnight

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 09:28 hrs

Jammu: India and Pakistan traded fired along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir overnight triggering tension after a movement of a group of suspected infiltrators towards the borderline was foiled.

The firing involving small arms and mortars continued intermittently overnight till 0200 hours today in Krishnagati (KG) sub-sector in Poonch district after Indian troops detected the movement of a group of "suspected persons" near LoC opposite KG forward belt.

"Movement of 6 to 7 persons was detected close to LoC opposite Krishnagati sub-sector in Poonch sector around 2145 hours yesterday," Defence Spokesman Col R K Palta told PTI.

Troops, guarding the borderline with Pakistan, opened fire on them, he said, adding after that heavy fire was exchanged between two sides.

After about half-an-hour of heavy exchanges, the group of "suspected persons" disappeared from the scene, Palta said maintaining that exchange of fire reduced thereafter but it went on till early this morning.

Sources said it is suspected that either a group of militants or a Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan could have been undertaking movement close to LoC opposite Krishnagati sub-sector.

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