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Posted at: Jul 17, 2017, 9:34 AM; last updated: Jul 18, 2017, 1:55 AM (IST)

Soldier, 5-year-old girl killed in Pakistan shelling on LoC

Soldier, 5-year-old girl killed in Pakistan shelling on LoC
Naik Mudasir Ahmad. Tribune photo

Amir Tantray/Shyam Sood

Tribune News Service

Poonch, July 17

A soldier and a five-year-old girl were killed on Monday as Pakistani troops shelled and fired along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tarkundi sector of Rajouri district.

The soldier, identified as Naik Mudasir Ahmad of Duchoo village of Tral in Pulwama district, and the girl, Sajida Kafeel, daughter of Muhammad Kafeel, a resident of Barooti Dadiana of Rajouri district, died when they were hit by Pakistani shells.

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Defence spokesperson Lt. Col Manish Mehta said: “The Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on the Indian Army posts in Rajouri sector around 7.30 am today, which the Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively.” 

“In the fire exchange, Naik Mudasir Ahmad was grievously injured when mortar shells landed on his bunker. He was evacuated to the Military Intelligence room where he succumbed to his injuries,” the spokesperson said.

Naik Mudasir Ahmad is survived by his wife Shaheena Muddasar and two children. 

“Naik Mudasir Ahmad was a brave and sincere soldier. He loved his job to the core. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” said Mehta.

On July 12, two soldiers were killed after Pakistan violated ceasefire in Kupwara sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

On July 9, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector along the LoC.

Reportedly, 23 ceasefire violations have occurred so far in June alone.

On June 29, two Indian Army jawans were injured when the Pakistani troops initiated firing along the LOC in Poonch.

On June 26, the Pakistani Army fired small arms and shelled mortars along the LoC in the Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri. — With Agencies 

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