INDIA HITS BACK … Terror camps in PoK hit with artillery fire along LoC; over 5 Pak soldiers and 20 terrorists among dead

NEW DELHI: In a major counter-offensive after Pakistan’s unprovoked firing, the Indian army on Sunday carried out heavy artillery strikes targeting four terror launch pads and several Pakistani military positions in Neelam Valley in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. Some five to seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in the offensive, while some 20 terrorists holed up in camps were also killed, as per initial estimates. The Pakistani military claimed only one of its soldiers died in the firing.

The offensive came a day after Pakistan military opened fire in Tangadhar   sector along the Line of Control in which two soldiers and a civilian were killed, the Army said.

Four terrorist launch pads across the Kupwara sector along the Line of Control were hit. “So far, as per the information available with us, 6-10 Pakistani soldiers have been killed and nearly as many terrorists,” the Army Chief said, adding that more information on terrorist casualty was being obtained.
“Three terror camps have been destroyed and on the fourth one also, we have caused severe damage,” he said. If Pakistan continued with such activities, the Indian Army would not hesitate to retaliate, the Army chief asserted.

The army targeted the terror camps in Jura, Athmuqam and Kundalsahi among others in PoK using artillery guns, after credible inputs that a large number of terrorists were operating there. According to sources, 10-15 terrorists were staying in each of the facilities at the time of the attack, the most significant offensive since India carried out the Balakot strike in February. –Agencies, IHN-NN


NEW DELHI: Pakistan media said on Sunday that it lost one soldier while six civilians died in firing by Indian troops. Dawn daily said there was indicriminate shelling from across LoC. Pakistan often downplays its casualties and inflates the casualties on India side every time there is a firing along the LoC. –IHN=NN



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