PUNE: Two soldiers from Maharashtra were martyred in a gunfight at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday afternoon.
The soldiers have been identified as Naik Sandip Sarjerao Jadhav (35) from Aurangabad and Sepoy Savan Balku Mane (25) from Kolhapur.
Pakistani troops carried out the attack 600 metres inside the Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, killing two jawans and losing one of their men in the retaliatory action at around 2 pm.
One of the attackers was injured in the Indian retaliatory action and his body was extricated under the cover of heavy firing by the Pakistani troops from their posts across the LoC, an Army official said.
The Border Action Team (BAT), which generally comprises special forces of the Pakistan Army and some terrorists, carried out the attack at around 2 pm, with the aid of cover fire by the Pakistani troops from their posts, he said.
This was the third BAT action in Poonch this year. The official said the Indian Army’s ‘Area Domination Patrol’ was ‘targeted by the armed intruders and exchange of fire occurred.’ “Pakistan’s BAT team was 600 metres within the Indian side of the LoC and 200 metres from the Indian posts,” the official said.
The Indian troops retaliated and in the firefight, two Indian jawans were killed, the official said. The Indian troops killed one armed intruder, whose body “is within visual reach”, he said.
While the firefight was going on, the Pakistani posts resorted to heavy firing, the official said. “The operations are in progress and heavy exchange of fire is going on,” he added.