Pakistan admits 9 killed in Indian retaliatory firing

Indian retaliatory firing

NEW DELHI: To avenge the beheading of an Indian soldier yesterday, the Indian Army today carried out a massive counter assault using heavy mortar fire on Pakistani posts along the Line of Control.

According the Pakistan Dawn newspaper, at least 9 died, and 11 others injured in Lawat area of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK), due to heavy Indian bombardment. Pakistan accused India of targeting its civilians.

POK region’s SP Jamil Mir said shelling in Neelum valley had begun at about 3:00am, but intensified in the morning. In a separate incident of Indian shelling in Nakyal, one person was killed and six others injured.

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Pakistan today committed ceasefire violations in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors of Kashmir, ANI reported. In return, the Indian armed forces launched crippling attacks on Pakistani posts in Poonch, Rajouri, Kel and Machil sectors.

Yesterday, terrorists actively backed by the Pakistan army killed two soldiers and beheaded one soldier in gross violation of the Geneva Convention.

“Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act of mutilating a soldier’s body,” the Army said yesterday. The Army destroyed four Pakistan army posts with massive fire assaults after an Indian soldier was beheaded October 28, in a similar border action team (BAT) operation as yesterday’s.

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A BAT typically consists of terrorists working in close conjunction with Pakistan army regulars for tactical operations against Indian troops and posts along the 778km Line of Control (LoC).

Yesterday, the three slain soldiers from 57 Rashtriya Rifles were in the lead of a counter-infiltration patrol when the patrol was ambushed by terrorists ahead of the LoC fencing in the thickly-forested, mountainous Macchil sector in the morning.