October 2000 News

5 Pak soldiers killed in aborted raid

16 October 2000
The Statesman

Srinagar: Five Pakistani soldiers were killed in an abortive attempt to raid an isolated Indian Post along the Line of Control in Uri sector of north Kashmir, a defence ministry spokesman said today. An Army jawan was killed and another injured while repulsing the Pakistani attack on the forward post around 1.30 p.m. yesterday. Pakistani troops, under heavy artillery cover and mortar fire, attempted a raid on the post, but alert troops detected their movement and opened fire. In a separate incident, one security jawan was killed and saven other injured in unprovoked artillery and mortar shelling by Pakistani troops at a bunker in Kargil area in northern sector of jammu and Kashmir since last evening. The shelling also left several houses damaged. The shelling which continued till late in the night ruined the residential areas of Churanda, Balgaraw,Jabla and other villages near the Line of Actual Control, resulting in injuries to a villager who was hospitalised. The critically wounded were brought here and admitted to base hospital. Indian troops retaliated and targeted Pak Army installations and bunkers. However, exact damage suffered by enemy soldiers was not immediately known, sources said. The J&K government,meanwhile, has decieded to construct 1000 community and household bunkers in Uri and Gurez sectors to save people from Pak shilling. Security officials said the shelling by Pak troops was to give cover to militants to infiltrate into the Indian side


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