4 soldiers killed in firing at LoC

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Jammu: An Indian army major and three soldiers were martyred on Saturday in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

The Indian army named the dead officer as Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, while the injured soldiers as Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh of 16 Corps, Defence spokesperson Colonel NN Joshi confirmed.

The military asserted that the "martyrdom of the Indian Army's soldiers will not go in vain", implying that pounding of Pakistani posts will follow.

Hailing from Bhandara in Maharashtra, Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, 32, is survived by wife Avoli Moharkar.

Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are under treatment.

Indian officials accuse Pakistan of conducting such operations to help anti-India militants to sneak across the border to carry out attacks on Indian forces.

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Other soldiers killed were 34-year-old Lance Naik Gurmail Singh from Amritsar, Punjab, who is survived by his wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter, and 30 year-old Sepoy Pargat Singh of Karnal, Haryana who is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.

Also in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.

Defence sources told media that that forces from across the Line of Control resorted to unprovoked firing targetting the army personnel on patrol in the area this afternoon.

The latest violation of ceasefire took place at a time when the chief minister was at the Rajouri district headquarters.

Meanwhile, J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers.