On Army Day, Indian forces kill seven Pakistani soldiers, six JeM terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir

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New Delhi | Updated: January 15, 2018 2:12 PM

LIVE: Indian Army today killed as many as seven Pakistani soldiers and injured four others in "retaliatory action" in Poonch district of Jammu Kashmir.

Indian Army kills 7 Pakistani soldiersRepresentative image of Indian Army. (PTI file)

LIVE: Indian Army today killed as many as seven Pakistani soldiers and injured four others in “retaliatory action” in Poonch district of Jammu Kashmir. “Indian Army carries out “retaliatory action” against Pakistan, killing 7 soldiers and injuring 4 others in the forward areas along LoC in J-K’s Poonch district,” Army said in a statement, according to PTI. Meanwhile on Monday, Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat said, “Disputes along Line of Actual Control in the northern border (China) are continuing and transgressions are taking place. We are working to stop them.We will not let anti-India activities succeed at any cost. If we are forced, then we may resort to ‘other action’ by stepping up military offensive.”

“Pakistan Army has been continuously trying to help terrorists sneak into India along LoC in J&K. We are using our might to teach them a lesson. We will keep effectively retaliating to any provocative action by Pakistan,” he added. Earlier in the day, Indian security forces had successfully foiled an infiltration bid near the Line of Control in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir. As many as six Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed in the operation. J&K Director General of Police S P Vaid had said the JeM terrorists were killed at Dulanja in Uri sector in a joint operation by the Army, police and other security forces. “Three suicidal JeM terrorists killed in Dulanja Uri while infiltrating in a joint operation by JmuKmrPolice/Army/CAPF. Search for the fourth terrorist is still on,” Vaid had tweeted. The DGP later said bodies of five terrorists were recovered and the sixth one was being searched.

Pakistan has denied the death of its seven soldiers. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said four Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred by shelling across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Jandrot sector on Monday. It said Pakistani troos were “fired upon and hit by [a] heavy mortar round” when they were busy with maintenance of a communication line.

Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat today said his force will not let anti-India activities succeed at any cost in Jammu and Kashmir and warned of stronger reaction against Pakistan-supported terrorism.

SP Vaid, J&K DGP: “Since past few days, we were getting inputs about possible attempts to infiltrate from Uri sector. So, ambushes were laid out in that area by Army, J&K police & CRPF. In the morning, exchange of fire took place in one of the ambushes. We have recovered five bodies from the spot. I think six have died, one body is being searched. They belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed & information was that they are suicide attackers.”

Meanwhile, Pakistani Army’s statement has said that only four of its soldiers were killed along LOC in Jandrot of Kotli sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistani soldiers were killed on a day India is celebrating the Army Day. “On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and to families of those who have worn the uniform. You are our nation’s pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Citizens sleep securely knowing you are ever awake and ever vigilant #PresidentKovind,” the official Twitter handle of the President of India read.

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