Five Indian Army soldiers killed in Poonch

Srinagar: Indian Army on Tuesday claimed that Pakistani security forces killed its five soldiers in the wee hours in Pooch sector of Jammu and Kashmir State. However, Pakistan rejected that its troopers opened fire on any Indian post.

An Army spokesperson Colonel Kalia said that scores of Army personnel belonging to Pakistan Boarder Action Team including heavily armed militants opened fire on the 21 Bihar Regiment at Saral post in Poonch Sector killing five soldiers on spot.

Sources said that a patrol of Indian Army comprising of one Non Commissioned Officer and five other ranks was ambushed the Pakistani forces close to the Line of Control.

“The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed militants along with soldiers of Pak Army,” Indian Defence spokesperson said.

Army said, “This action is a likely consequence of frustrations of the militant organizations and Pak Army due to successful elimination of 19 hardcore militants in the recent months of July and August along the Line of Control and in the hinterland of J&K.”

“The effective counter infiltration grid on the Line of Control has ensured 17 infiltration bids foiled this year resulting in killing of a total of 13 hardcore Pak trained militants. The numbers of such attempts have doubled this year in comparison to the corresponding period of 2012. Pak Army’s desperation is also evident in the substantial increase in the number of Cease Fire Violations this year. There have been 57 Cease Fire Violations this year which is almost 80% more than the violations last year,” Army said.

Senior superintendent of Police (SSP) Poonch, Shamsher Hussain, told reporters in Jammu that the attackers took the advantage of dense vegetation. “The soldiers were believed to have been on a regular patrol along the LoC in Chakandabad area of Poonch and were passing through a vulnerable (unfenced LoC) sector of some 300 meters between Cheeta and Begum posts when they were ambushed,” he said. “Some local civilians reported to police that they heard some firing at approximately 0200 hrs,” the SSP said.

(Inputs: CNS)