Pakistan says 'unprovoked' Indian attack kills 3 in Kashmir

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Jammu: Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in a retaliatory firing by India along the Line of Control (LoC) in south of Pir Panjal range in Poonch district, on late Wednesday night.

The gunfire from Indian troops yesterday struck Pakistani posts near Bhimber village, along the LoC.

In a press release, the Foreign Office stated that a civilian, Zafar Iqbal, was killed while his wife and child were injured when Indian troops fired in Bhimber on March 1.

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Pakistani army responded to the firing, which resulted in "substantial" damage to the Indian posts, the statement added without offering further details.

"Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations", it lamented. "Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively", said Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand, defence spokesman at Jammu.

Frequent ceasefire violations by Indian forces are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation. Two mortar shells fell near Nowshera town, one near Bypass bridge and another in a nullah beside Government Degree College, causing panic in the area.

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Cross-LoC shelling also took place in Battal sector of Poonch district from 8:15am to 12:45pm on Thursday, but no casualty was reported from there. There has been a spurt in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir which has left 21 persons, including 12 security personnel, dead and almost 100 others, mostly civilians, injured this year.

In the shelling two Indian soldiers received injuries, who were shifted to military hospital Udhampur, the spokesperson said.

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