Major, 3 soldiers killed in Pakistan firing; two wounded

Kristopher Drake
December 24, 2017

An Indian army major and a soldier were killed while two others were wounded on Saturday after Pakistani troops opened retaliatory fire in response to Indian aggression at the Line of Control (LoC).

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.

The Indian Army says four of its soldiers were killed when Pakistani forces fired across the de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Lance Naik Gurmail, 34, belonged to District Amritsar in Punjab and is survived by his wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter while sepoy Pargat, 30, belonged to District Karnal, Haryana and is survived by his wife and a son, the spokesperson added. Indian troops were retaliating effectively, the officer said.

The deceased personnel are identified as-Major Prafulla, Sepoy Pargarh and Sepoy Gurmeet Singh of 2 Sikh battalion.

The statement said that the dead included an army officer.

"Major Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail and Sepoy Pargat were fearless and honest soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty".

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh paid rich tributes to the slain soldiers and condemned Pakistan for the ceasefire violation. "It is a cowardly act by Pakistan".

On Friday evening, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire along the LoC in Nowshera sector of the same district.

A total of 30 people - 12 civilians, 14 Army personnel and four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel - were killed in these ceasefire violations.

Last year, Indian and Pakistani soldiers engaged in some of the worst fighting along the Line of Control since the two countries agreed to the cease-fire accord.

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