Army crosses LoC, kills 3 Pak soldiers

Army crosses LoC, kills 3 Pak soldiers

New Delhi, DHNS: The Indian Army's Ghatak commandos on Monday crossed the Line of Control in an area near Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir to strike at a temporary Pakistan Army camp, killing three Pakistani soldiers and injuring a fourth one.

The Indian commandos went nearly 300 meters inside the Pakistan territory to avenge the killing of four Indian Army soldiers from 2 Sikh regiment, including Maj Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas in a cross border firing in the Rajouri sector in the northern state.

The Pakistani soldiers killed in the retaliatory cross border raid in the Rakh Chakri sub-sector belonged to Baluch regiment of Pakistan Army's 12 Division.

"It was a local tactical operation that lasted about 8-10 minutes a hit and run operation," said an Army source on Tuesday.

The operation comes close on the heels of gunning down a Pakistan Army sniper on Sunday morning at the Jhangar sector near Rajouri.

This is probably for the first time in the recent years, such an operation took place in the Jammu region that comes under the 16 Corps. Such actions generally take place in areas, north of Pir Panjal that are looked after by Srinagar-based 15 Corps of the Army.

Cross order strikes on Pakistan army posts and terror camps do happen in the trouble torn northern state. But such engagements were seldom publicised in the past. The tradition was broken last year, when the Army after a political endorsement went to the town with its sensational claim of a "surgical strike" on September 29, 2016 to take revenge a terror strike on an Army establishment at Uri.

But unlike the surgical strike there is no political ownership of the cross border raid this time. Indian Army even officially refused to either confirm or deny the military movement across the 740 km Line of Control.

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