Soldier, civilian killed in ceasefire violation across LoC by Pakistani troops

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An army soldier and a civilian woman were killed when Pakistani troops attacked a security post and shelled a village along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, violating ceasefire again on Saturday. Some reports said that the Indian Army retaliated strongly to the ceasefire violation.

"After Indian positions retaliated effectively, firing exchanges stopped in Mendhar sector at 6.45 am".

According to Defence Ministry sources, the Pakistani troops resorted to heavy unprovoked firing at about 5 a.m.

The martyred jawan, Nb Sub Jagram Singh Tomar, was grievously injured and later succumbed to his injuries.

Tomar, who hailed from Tarsana village in Morena district in MP, is survived by his wife Omavati Devi, a son and a daughter, the spokesman said.

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"The martyred junior commissioned officer (JCO) was a courageous and honest soldier".

This has been the third incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan during the last 24 hours, with earlier two been along the border at Uri and Gohlad Kalran in Mendhar. "15 am in Poonch sector along the LoC".

Ruqia (40), a resident of Dharana, was killed on the spot after a mortar shell fired by Pakistani rangers from across the border exploded inside her house, officials said.

The woman has been identified by the police as Raqia Begum (45).

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