An Army soldier was killed Saturday in sniper fire by Pakistani forces along the Control Line (LoC) on The Rajouri Jammu and Kashmir district, a defense spokesman said.
The spokesman identified the soldier as a rifleman Varun Kattal (21), a resident of the Mawa-Rajpura area in the Samba Jammu and Kashmir district. He survived by his parents, Anchal Singh's father and Pinki Rani's mother.
This is the second sniper attack throughout the LoC in two days. An Army porter lost his life in a similar attack on the Akhnoor Jammu sector on Friday.
"Around 0945, a non-initiated ceasefire violation was initiated by Pakistan in the Sunderbani sector where one Army soldier was shot by a sniper from across the border and then surrendered to an injury at 11:10," the spokesman said.
"Rifleman Kattal is a courageous and sincere soldier. The nation will always be indebted to him for the highest sacrifice and service for the task," the spokesman said that his martyrdom would not be in vain.
He said the Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively at Pakistani army posts.
On October 21, three Jammu and Kashmir light infantry regiment soldiers and two heavily armed intruders, believed to be members of the Pakistan Border Border Team (BAT), and terrorists, were killed in the Sunderbani sector.
On November 6, a soldier was injured when he was hit by a sniper from across the border in Kalal in the Noushera sector in Rajouri, while a BSF officer was injured in a separate incident of shooting by Pakistan along the LoC in the Manjakote area. Rajouri-Poonch Sector Friday.
The number of violations of this year's ceasefire by Pakistan has been the highest in the past eight years.
The first seven months of this year saw 52 deaths and 232 people injured in 1,435 violations of the ceasefire in the state, according to RTI's response by the Interior Ministry.
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