November 2001 News

16 Pak soldiers die in LoC flare-up

28 November 2001
The Indian Express

Jammu: AT least 16 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 14 bunkers destroyed in retaliatory shelling and firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control in Poonch sector yesterday. India didn’t suffer any casualties. General Officer Commanding (GOC), 25 Div, Maj Gen Randhir Singh told The Indian Express on phone that the Pakistani soldiers had resorted to unprovoked shelling and heavy arms fire targeting the Indian forces around 5.30 pm on the north-west of Poonch river. The Indian troops returned the fire resulting in at least 16 Pakistani soldiers being killed. The exchange continued for 15-20 minutes. ‘‘There are confirmed reports that five to six of their bunkers were completely destroyed,’’ he added. A defence spokesman said that besides these six bunkers, eight more were badly damaged. Nine of these were high-altitude bunkers fitted with heavy weaponry and mortar guns. There was, however, no casualty on the Indian side, Maj Gen Singh said, adding that the exchange of mortars and fire continued for about 15 to 20 minutes.


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