November 2020 News

5 Soldiers Killed In Action In Pak Shelling, 6 Civilians Dead

13 November 2020

Srinagar: In a major flare-up along the Line of Control, eleven people including five soldiers were killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in several areas in north Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, officials said. Four soldiers of the army, a Border Security Force (BSF) sub-inspector were killed in Pakistani firing, the officials said. Six civilians were also killed in various areas, news agency PTI reported. Pakistani forces used mortars and other weapons. Indian forces strongly retaliated to the shelling and army sources said there have been multiple casualties on the Pakistani side. Around 6-7 Pakistan army soldiers, including two SSG (Special Service Group) commandos, have been killed and 10-12 injured, army sources said. A number of Pakistani army bunkers, fuel dumps and launchpads have been destroyed and set on fire, they added. Videos released by the army showed the targets being destroyed. Two civilians were killed in Kamalkote sector in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir while a woman was killed in Balkote area in Haji Peer sector of Uri, they added. Officials said several people were injured in the Pakistani shelling inside Indian territory. They said apart from various places in Uri, ceasefire violations were reported from Izmarg in Gurez sector of Bandipora district and Keran sector of Kupwara district. A defence spokesperson said the army blocked an infiltration attempt under the cover of the Pakistani firing, along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran sector. 'Suspicious movement was observed by our troops at the forward posts along the LoC in Keran sector (in north Kashmir's Kupwara district) today. The suspected infiltration bid was foiled by alert troops,' Col Rajesh Kalia said. 'They fired mortars and other weapons. Befitting response is being given,' he said. In New Delhi, BSF officials said Sub Inspector Rakesh Doval, 39, posted at the force's artillery battery at the LoC in Baramulla was killed after he was injured in the firing around 1:15 pm.