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Soldier killed in firing from across LoC

August 16, 2008 21:33 IST

An army jawan was killed on Saturday when infiltrating militants fired on a border patrol along the Line of Control [Images] in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir [Images].

The deceased jawan was identified as Sepoy Naresh Kumar from the Punjab Regiment, according to Srinagar-based army spokesperson Lt-Col A K Mathur.

In the retaliatory fire by the army, two of the militants were killed and the troops noticed the ultras dragging the two bodies back into the Pakistani side of the LoC, he added.

The incident took place around 1000 hours on Saturday morning near the Khamoosh picket along the Line of Control.

Since January this year, Indian Army [Images] has encountered over 100 attempts by militants to infiltrate in to Jammu and Kashmir.

The recent violent incidents over the Amarnath land controversy and the agitation taking a separatist hue during the last three months have provided the militants another reason to increase infiltration attempts to augment their sabotage efforts and anti-India sentiments, according to army sources.




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