J&K:Soldier killed in Pakistani sniper attack along LoC

Reports said Indian soldiers manning the fence retaliated and an intermittent exchange of fire continued for some time. Ceasefire violations and sniper attacks by Pakistani troops are on the rise this year. (PTI File Photo)

An army soldier was killed due to sniper fire from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector of border district Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday while two BSF personnel were wounded in a separate ceasefire violation.

Army spokesman, Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that at about 9.45 am, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Sunderbani sector in which one Indian soldier was shot by a sniper. The soldier identified as Rifleman Varun Katal (21) later succumbed to the injuries.

Katal, a native of Mawa village in Sambhal district, is survived by his father Anchal Singh and mother Pinki Rani. Reports said Indian soldiers manning the fence retaliated the fire and intermittent exchange of fire continued for some time. 

Hours after the killing of an army soldier in cross-LoC sniper fire, Pakistani troops again violated ceasefire violation by firing at Indian border outposts (BOPs) in the same sector, reports said.

“Troops from both the sides exchanged heavy gunfire and shelling in which two BSF men were injured,” an official said.

The ceasefire violations and sniper attacks by Pakistani troops are on rise this year. On Friday, Pakistani troops fired at Indian posts along the LoC in Manajakote sector of the same district, injuring a BSF man. 

On November 6, a soldier was injured when he was hit by a sniper from across the border at Kalal in the Noushera sector of Rajouri. The number of ceasefire violations this year by Pakistan has been the highest in the past eight years.

According to Union Home Ministry figures, the first seven months of this year saw 52 deaths and 232 people getting injured in 1,435 ceasefire violations by Pakistan army in Jammu and Kashmir. There is 198 km International Border and over 510 km of LoC with Pakistan in the state.

Sources said Pakistani troops have positioned snipers at odd locations close to the forward posts to target Indian troopers proceeding on long patrols and forward locations. “Pak Army relies on their team of snipers to target Indian positions and in the last one year, several Indian troopers have lost their lives in sniper shots," they revealed.

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