Army jawan killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K’s Nowshera

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Jammu, August 17: An Indian Army jawan was killed as Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.

The soldier has been identified as Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa, 35, a resident of Dehradun. As per defence sources, the soldier had sustained serious injuries in the firing.

The firing from across the border started in Nowshera sector at around 6.30 am, prompting strong and effective retaliation by Indian Army guarding the border, the defence spokesperson was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

The exchange of fire between the two sides was on when the last reports were received.

Last month, two army personnel and a 10-day old baby were killed and several civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region.