Indian soldier killed in Kashmir militant firing

Last Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014 14:51 hrs

Srinagar, Aug 24 (IBNS) In a fierce gun battle, an army soldier was killed at Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Sunday early morning.

According to Army sources, a group of militants opened fire upon thearmys patrolling party of 23 Grenadier at Mundian forest in Keran early in the morning. In the attack an army soldier Sepoy Rahul Kumar, 22, (Belt no. 270831P) sustained critical bullet injuries, sources said, adding that the injured soldier was immediately shifted to army hospital where doctorsdeclared him dead. Kumar is a resident of Bulandsahar in Utter Pradesh and his body willbe sent to his native village, sources said. They said that the militant group believed to be 4-5 in number managedto escape after carrying out the attack. However, an extra contingentof forces rushed to the area to combat the militants hiding in thearea. Meanwhile, Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire along the LoC. At least 25 BSF posts in Jammu and Kashmir were targeted by Pakistani forces since Saturday night violating the ceasefire prompting the Indian forces to retaliate. Reports said the unprovoked firing from Pakistani side continued till Sunday morning in Arnia, RS Pura and Akhnoor sectors. Earlier on Saturday after Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy firing at Border Security Force (BSF) posts near the international border at RS Pura sector in Jammu district killing two civilians, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the Indian forces are responding effectively. (Reporting bySaleem Iqbal Qadri)

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