Mass escalation along LoC as Pak fires artillery, India responds

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In recent days, Pakistan has targeted the villages of Poonch. (File)

New Delhi: Pakistani troops fired artillery cannons through the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday and the Indian military said it was responding, in a dramatic escalation of hostilities on the day three Indian soldiers lost control. life in bombardments.

The ceasefire violation began last night when Pakistan launched indiscriminate fire in the Mankote and Krishna Ghati areas, a defense spokesperson said.

In the afternoon, Pakistan fired along the LoC in Keran and Machhal areas in strict Kupwara with artillery cannons, mortars and other weapons, the army said.

Two soldiers were killed in gunfire by Pakistan in the Nowgam sector of Kupwara district in North Kashmir early this morning.

A third soldier was killed in night fire in Poonch. The injured soldiers have been evacuated, the spokesperson said.

The use of artillery guns marks a sharp rise in tensions along the Line of Control which typically sees varying levels of machine gun fire and mortar fire before long range weapons are used.

In recent days, Pakistan has targeted the villages of Poonch.

On September 5, a soldier was killed and two others, including an officer, were injured by gunfire and shelling by Pakistan along the line of control in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, officials said.

On September 2, a JCO (Junior Commissioned Officer) was killed in another ceasefire violation by the Pakistani army in the Keri sector of Rajouri.

Over the past eight months, more than 3,000 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have been reported, the most in 17 years. In September, there were 47 violations by Pakistan of the ceasefire agreed by both parties in 2003.

India says Pakistani troops often open fire to help terrorists sneak into Jammu and Kashmir. The latest rise in tensions comes as India is separately locked in a serious military confrontation with China along the de facto border that the two countries are fighting over.

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