Two Soldiers Killed as India, Pakistan troops Trade Fire Along LoC in Rajouri

SRINAGAR, APRIL 10: The armies of India and Pakistan on Monday evening traded heavy fire and shelling along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving two Indian soldiers dead.

“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 1715 hours in Sunderbani sector along the Line of Control (LoC). Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” said an army spokesman, in a statement today.

He said two soldiers, identified as Rifleman Vinod Singh and Rifleman Jaki Sharma, were grievously injured in the exchange of fire. “They succumbed to their injuries,” he said.

Singh, 24, belonged to Danapur, Jaurian village in Akhnoor district and Sharma, 30, belonged to Sanhail Hiranagar.

Both sides regularly trade fire along the border, parts of which are disputed, and civilian casualties are common.

The bitter rivals fought two of their wars over control of Kashmir, which has been divided between the nuclear-armed neighbours since partition in 1947.

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