In a significant flare-up across the Line of Control, eleven people, including five soldiers, were killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in many regions in north Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, officials said.
Indian forces strongly retaliated to the shelling, and military sources said there were numerous casualties on the Pakistani side.
Around 6-7 Pakistan army soldiers, including two SSG (Special Service Group) commandos, have been murdered and 10-12 injured, military sources said.
Lots of Korean military bunkers, fuel dumps, and launchpads are destroyed and set on fire, they added. Videos released by the military showed the targets being ruined.
Two civilians were killed in the Kamalkote region in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. At the same time, a woman was murdered in the Balkote area in Haji Peer region of Uri.
Officials said several people were hurt in the Pakistani shelling within Indian territory.
Besides various areas in Uri, they said ceasefire violations were reported from Izmarg in Gurez sector of Bandipora district and Keran sector of Kupwara district.
A defence spokesperson said the military blocked an infiltration attempt under cover of the Pakistani shooting along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran sector.
“Suspicious motion was detected by our troops in the forward posts along the LoC in Keran sector (in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district) today.
Almost all BSF units across the LoC have been under fire since the dawn. Effective retaliation from the troops, artillery regiment, and support weapons have been mounted, a senior officer of the force said.
The BSF works under the operational control of the army at the LoC.
“The Sub Inspector has made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty while facing significant ceasefire breach in the enemy. The sub-officer was a resident of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand and combined the boundary force in 2004,” the officer said.
In Srinagar, Col Kalia said the ceasefire breach spread to larger areas from Keran to Uri sectors.
This was the second infiltration effort in a week. The earlier unsuccessful attempt in Machil sector during the intervening night of November 7- 8 was blocked in which three terrorists were killed.
Three military soldiers, including a Captain and a BSF jawan, also lost their lives during the surgery.
“The Indian Army is well poised to defeat all efforts by Pakistan to infiltrate terrorists to J-K,” the spokesperson said.