At least eight terrorists were gunned down by Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Lachhipora area in Uri sector, two days after an audacious attack on an Indian Army camp killed 18 soldiers and injured 19 others.
The encounter follows a blatant provocation by Pakistani forces when they violated the ceasefire and opened fire at Uri, forcing the Indian army to retaliate with full might. Pakistan is often accused of firing at Indian posts to give cover to infiltrators.
“Pakistani troopers resorted to heavy gunfire with small and automatic fire arms from across the Line of Control (LoC). No damage was caused to Indian posts. The fire was returned,” the source said.
The firing targeted Indian posts in Lachhipora and Boniyar villages of the border area, the source said, adding: “The fire was returned with equal calibre weapons.”
The firing violates the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan along the international boundary and the LoC — the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two neighbours.
While Uri fire rages
The border skirmish came as New Delhi and Islamabad are locked in a bitter diplomatic war of words following the Uri terror attack, which India has blamed on militants from Pakistan.
Pakistan has denied the allegations even as India claimed to have clinching evidence to support its claims.
The Indian Army has claimed to have recovered arms, ammunition and food and medicine packets with Pakistani markings during the combing operations at the military base in Uri.
India also claimed that the four terror attackers who were gunned down during the gun fight that lasted for about two-and-a-half hours were foreigners.