Major, among four soldiers killed in Pak firing along LoC

3 Army personnel martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan. PTI file

"Pak Army on Saturday afternoon fired unprovoked on forward posts in Barta Galla area of Chingus in Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri and violated the ceasefire", official sources here said. "The injured were evacuated to military hospital, where three soldiers including the officer succumbed", Joshi said. He added that the Indian troops retaliated to the Pakistani firing "strongly and effectively" and that "martyrdom of Indian Army soldiers will not go in vain".

They said that one Army officer Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured during the cease fire violation and succumbed to their injuries.

The soldiers belonged to 2 Sikh Regment under 120 Infantry Brigade Battalion.

In a statement, the Indian Defense Ministry's spokesman Col. N.N. Joshi said the incident took place at the Keri sector of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir.

Responding to the gravest provocation, the Indian Army gave befitting reply to the Pakistan Army escalating tension in the region. Major Ambadas (32), Bhandara of Maharashtra Were residents of the district. "Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment", the spokesman said.

Pakistan and India have a long history of bitter relations over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, which is claimed by both in its entirety.

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In the past, the Indian army has blamed a combination of the Pakistani army's border action team and militants for carrying out operations along the Line of Control.

The skirmishes have led to killings of soldiers as well as civilians.

An army major was among four Indian soldiers killed in a cross-border shooting along the de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between Pakistan and India, an official said, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

The Chief Minister has conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to their families.

This year 14 army men, four BSF personnel and 12 civilians have been killed in Pakistan troops firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh paid tributes to the slain soldiers.

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