Srinagar, URi: In response to the killing of the Indian soldier, a day after an Indian soldier's body was mutilated by Pakistan-based terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC), the Indian Army on Saturday launched retaliatory fire assaults at Pakistan Army positions.
Earliar an Indian soldier, Manjeet Singh of the Sikh Regiment was badly killed and mutilated by terrorists, who were helped by covering fire from Pakistani Army at the Macchil sector on Friday.
Indian Army soldiers conducted "sustained fire assaults" through mortars, light and heavy machine guns and rockets at several Pakistan Army posts all throughout Saturday. "The firing was carried out with the aim to destroy targets like Pakistani posts and bunkers with pinpoint accuracy. But no estimates of casualties on the side can be given," said a senior officer.
Though the operational situation on the western front has been tense ever since the Army conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir on September 29, it has become worse over the last few days. While Pakistani soldiers and rangers have suffered much more casualties, four Indian Army jawans, three BSF personnel and a few civilians have been killed in the fresh bout of hostilities.
But artillery guns have not come into play from either side, which would indicate a marked escalation in the ongoing hostilities, till now. "Both sides are using 82mm mortars and machine guns as of now," said an officer.
On Friday, a Pakistani official said three civilians were killed as Indian troops shelled villages along the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Indian officials, meanwhile, said two civilians died when Pakistani shells hit India-administered Kashmir.
The Indian army started this attack after an Indian soldier was killed before crossing back into Pakistan.
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