Tuesday, May 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Six Pak troops killed
10 bunkers smashed; jawan dies in attack on Army camp
Tribune Reporters and agencies

Indian soldiers take part in a drill near the Attari border
Indian soldiers take part in a drill near the Attari border with Pakistan in Amritsar on Monday. — Reuters photo

Jammu, May 20
Six Pakistani soldiers were killed and 10 enemy bunkers destroyed in retaliatory firing and shelling by Indian troops as heavy exchange of firing continued until this morning in the Poonch and Rajouri sectors of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said.

“Pakistani troops continued targeting our forward posts and some civilian areas with heavy firing and mortar shelling during the period forcing our troops to give an adequate response, Lieut-Col H.S. Oberoi said.

In the retaliatory action about six Pakistani soldiers were killed and about eight to 10 bunkers were damaged or destroyed yesterday afternoon, he said.

Some houses and two shops were damaged and two persons were injured in the Pallanwala area since yesterday.

The sources said Pakistani troops fired from small arms on six villages in the R.S. Pura, Arnia and Kanachak areas. There was no loss of life or damage to property.

Security sources said this afternoon that the Pakistani troops began to fire shells from 81 MM guns at 4.30 am on the Manguchak area in the Samba sector.

The Indian and Pakistani forces were trading heavy machine gun fire at Kullian, Galar and Faqira Chak, besides Manguchak, in the Samba sector. Cross-border firing was continuing in Sangral, Mangral and Arnia in the R.S. Pura sector while the forces of both nations were trading fire at Kanachak, Panjore, Garkhal, Rajpura, Pallanwala, Pargwal, Kote Kuba, Pittal Post, Zero Point, Budhwar and Chinore Farm in Akhnoor since late last night, ceaselessly.

Fresh migration had been reported from the Pallanwala and Pargwal areas in the Akhnoor sector, taking the total number of migrants to 16,000.

GURDASPUR: The Pakistan army from across the Narot Jaimal Singh sector resorted to indiscriminate 81 mortar bomb firing early Sunday. As many as 32 bombs were recovered from the villages of Kotli Jawahar, Balalpur and Talotra in this sector of this district.

The Indian side returned the firing which continued for over an hour. No loss of human life was reported on the Indian side, however, a Pakistani bomb fell on a house at Kotli Jawahar village without causing any damage. Two cattle head were, however, killed.

Meanwhile, an Army jawan was killed when suspected ultras attacked a Rashtriya Rifles camp at Azadpur in Manjakote sector of Rajouri district early today, official sources said.

At least five persons, including four militants, were killed in separate incidents while the security forces recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition in the Kashmir valley since yesterday.

The BSF here claims to have busted a sophisticated communication network of the Hizbul Mujahideen in Budgam district. According to the DIG, BSF, Mr R.S. Bhuller the network having direct link with the militants’ mentors across the border, was recovered on specific information near Srinagar.



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