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Pakistan violates LoC ceasefire in Poonch

Pakistan violates LoC ceasefire in Poonch

The injured soldier is Lance Naik Iqbal Ahmed. The Indian Army said it was responding appropriately. The girl has been identified as Shahnaz Bano, a resident of Shahpur village. Both of them were hospitalised.

A Defence spokesman said Pakistan Army initiated "unprovoked and indiscriminate" firing of small arms, automatics and mortars around 1110 hours.

The army retaliated strongly and effectively and heavy damage has been inflicted on the Pakistani Army posts. They used small arms automatics and mortars to target Indian positions. They targeted military and civilian facilities in almost a dozen areas of the Balakote sector last week.

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At least 14 people including eight civilians and six security personnel had been killed in Pakistan firing in the Jammu region between January 18 and 22.

Earlier in the day, two teenagers and a jawan were injured in the Shahpur sector of Poonch district in the shelling from across the border, a police official said.

During a during a meeting of the BSF and Pakistan Rangers in January, India had warned it against ceasefire violations along the International Border.

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Sources said the Pakistan's border action team (BAT) took part in the attack.The BAT is an amalgam of Pakistan army commandos and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists formed to inflict heavy casualties on Indian patrols along the Indo-Pak borders.

"I have given standing orders to our forces to shoot limitless bullets to retaliate a single fire on our territory by the Pakistani forces", Rajnath Singh said to media.

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