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Trooper killed in Pakistan firing along IB in Jammu sector

16 May 2018

In the backdrop of unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in which one BSF personnel attained martyrdom, Director General BSF K K Sharma, on Tuesday said that reportedly a group of five terrorists have "managed" to enter into the Indian territory via tunnel on worldwide border in Jammu region. "Pakistani troops, as per a defence official, fired on forward posts in the Manguchak area around 11.30 pm Monday night and was effectively retaliated by the soldier guarding the IB", the officer said seeking anonymity.

The jawan, later identified as constable Devendra Singh was rushed to Military Hospital but died of his bullet injuries.

"The group of five terrorists that tried to infiltrate into our territory on Sunday might have sneaked through a tunnel", Sharma told reporters, adding that an anti-terror operation was launched to apprehend the infiltrators and detect the tunnel.

Army also pressed helicopters into service during the search operation which entered the second day today, the official said.

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A 22-year-old civilian was killed in firing by Pakistani forces along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district on May 10.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir on May 19.

According to sources, security personnel deployed along the IB in Samba and Kathua districts have been on high alert for the last three days after receiving inputs of terrorist infiltration. However, the frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan were going on along the LoC.

Trooper killed in Pakistan firing along IB in Jammu sector