- Five Special Forces soldiers were killed in a major encounter on Sunday
- Soldiers fell in exact area where terrorists were hiding
- Army releases drone footage of a major Indian retaliation
NEW DELHI: Indian Army on Friday said that it has caused heavy damages on terrorist launch pads, Pakistan Army gun positions and ammunition dumps, after unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
Five days after five Special Forces soldiers were killed in a major high altitude encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, the Indian Army released drone footage of a major Indian retaliation in the same sector.
According to Indian Army sources, terrorists launch pads, gun positions and an ammunition dump were targeted across the Line of Control.
The army says the targets were precisely hit and follows an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Keran sector of Kupwara.
On Sunday, a squad of five Indian Army Special Forces soldiers engaged and eliminated four Pakistani terrorists in the Kupwara sector but were also killed in the encounter.
A fifth terrorist who escaped from the encounter site was eliminated by soldiers near the Line of Control.
Pakistani troops opened firing towards the Indian positions along the LoC in Uri and Keran sectors around 1 pm, police officials said. The Army retaliated to the Pakistani firing in equal measure, they added.
The army said that it inflicted heavy damages to terrorist launch pads and Pakistan Army positions opposite the Keran sector of the Line of Control (LoC). The army used artillery guns during its retaliation on Friday evening. This is the same area where Special Forces soldiers of the 4 Para SF battalion killed five terrorists, who had sneaked in from Pakistan, in a hand-to-hand and close quarter battle last week. Five of the soldiers who had engaged the terrorists also died in the operation.
A defence spokesperson said, “There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Keran Sector (Kupwara). Our own troops retaliated effectively and strongly. Precision targeting of gun areas, terrorist launch pads and ammunition dump carried out. Reports of heavy damage on the enemy side.”
Drone footage of the targets reveal the targeting and the heavy damages caused by it. Earlier on Friday, Pakistani troops fired at Indian Army posts in the Keran sector.
Pakistan has been increasingly resorting to ceasefire violations along the LoC, at a time when the entire world’s focus is on tackling the coronavirus outbreak. There have been at least 1,197 violations this year upto early April. There were 367, 366 and 411 violations in January, February and March. This is much higher as compared to violations that took place during the same period last year. There were 919 violations from January to April in 2019. There were 3,168 violations last year. The ceasefire violations by Pakistan are meant to keep the LoC active and to support the infiltration of terrorists. The number of terrorists killed are also around 41 this year until April 7.
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