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Pakistan violates ceasefire, 5 soldiers killed in Poonch

Pakistan violates ceasefire, 5 soldiers killed in Poonch

Jammu: Five Indian army soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops who crossed the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, a police official said Tuesday.

A senior police officer told IANS that Pakistan troops crossed the line of control (LoC) in Chakan da bagh sector of Poonch district late Monday night.

"They attacked our post in Karmad village on the LoC killing five of our soldiers. Later, the intruding soldiers withdrew back into the Pakistan side of the LOC," the official said.

Pakistan has been violating the bilateral ceasefire between India and Pakistan that came into force in 2003.

In January this year, two Indian soldiers were killed in Mendhar sector of the LoC and the Indian authorities accused the Pakistan Army of its direct involvement in the incident.

Pakistan denies firing, killing soldiers

Meanwhile, the Pakistan army has denied that its troops had fired across Line of Control in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir, killing five Indian soldiers.

“No such incident has taken place on LoC as there was no violation of the ceasefire by our troops,” a military official told PTI.

Indian defence sources said the Pakistani soldiers, numbering about 20, had intruded into the Indian territory past midnight and ambushed the patrol party at the Sarla post on the Indian side of the LoC. A Subedar and four jawans of the 21 Bihar Unit were killed in the attack which took place at around 2 am, 450 metres from the LoC on the Indian side, they said.

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