23 June, 2017
Following the attempt of armed intrusion by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) in Poonch which was foiled earlier today, former union home secretary and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP R.K. Singh on Thursday hailed the Indian patrolling team at the border, citing that it makes it hard for the Pakistan Army to enter. "This was BAT's third attempt this year in the area", Jammu-based defence spokesperson said, adding, "Unfortunately, our two courageous jawans were martyred during heavy exchange of fire".
"A terrorist was killed in the Keran sector of the Line of Control in Kupwara district where the Army foiled the infiltration bid", Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia informed the media.
According to reports, Pakistani troops are resorting to mortar shelling and firing of small arms, automatics along the Line of Control areas. "In the firefight our two jawans have been martyred", the Army said in a statement. The Pakistani troops had voilated the ceasefire in Khari Karmara of Poonch sector, Jammu and Kashmir.
"The BAT attackers had crossed the LoC and come 600 metres into the Indian side".
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In February 2000, seven months after the Kargil War, a Pakistani BAT killed seven Indian soldiers in Nowshera in Rajouri district.
"Indian troops are strongly and effectively retaliating".
The intruders attacked Army posts along LoC at around 2 pm on Thursday.
The operation is in progress, the official said, adding further details were awaited.