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Army kills 7 Pakistani soldiers, injures 4 along LoC in 'retaliatory action'

17 January 2018

An army spokesman said that the infiltration bid was foiled by "alert soldiers" near the Line of Control (the De facto border between India & Pakistan) near Duljana of Uri sector in North Kashmir's Baramulla district. With that, the troops have also avenged the killing of a soldier on Saturday.

There were some reports that seven Pakistan army soldiers were killed in the mortar firing but Islamabad claimed it had lost only four personnel engaged in "line communication maintenance" in the forward area. The action came after an Indian Army jawan was killed in Pakistani firing along the LoC's Rajouri district, the Army officials in Jammu said. Separately, addressing Army members at an event of the 70th Army Day, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warned Pakistan+ to not compel India to step up its military offensive. "The unprovoked Pakistani action was retaliated to strongly and effectively by our own jawans, who used the same calibre weapons", he said. General Rawat claimed that the pressure on the Pakistani Army was working and the two nations may soon be able to return to more stable times. "As soon as they were spotted, a joint operation was launched by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, army and paramilitary forces leading to a fierce gun battle that killed five terrorists", he said.

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Rawat believed that Kashmiri youth continued to be attracted to the struggle for freedom from India and were rapidly joining separatist groups despite efforts by occupying forces to maintain pressure on them.

Commenting on the matter, Pakistan army's Inter-Services Public Relations said, "Four Pakistan Army soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) along LoC in Jandrot, Kotli sector". However, both routinely accuse each other of violating the ceasefire. Now, Pakistan has done a very good job of figuring out our temperament in Kashmir and how we operate militarily. "We are working to stop them", he added.

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He also called out China saying disputes along the Line of Actual Control in the northern border (China) are continuing and transgressions are taking place.

Arms and ammunition found by the forces suggested that the terrorists had planned a big suicide attack, police said.

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Army kills 7 Pakistani soldiers, injures 4 along LoC in 'retaliatory action'