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Soldier killed in Pakistan firing in Jammu

Jammu: An Indian soldier was killed in targeted sniper fire by the Pakistan Army in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, army sources said on Thursday.

“A soldier was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops in Krishna Ghati sector of the LoC yesterday (Wednesday),” a defence source told IANS.

Sepoy Rachpal Singh, who belonged to the 22 Sikh unit, was guarding a post at the Line of Control when he was shot at by a sniper from the other side of the border. He was critically injured and died later.

Ceasefire violations have been rampant along the LoC, becoming a bone of contention between India and Pakistan which recently saw talks at Ufa between the prime ministers of the two countries.

On Wednesday, the Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire twice in Machil sector of Kupwara district in the valley.

This is not the first incident of a targeted sniper shot at Indian soldiers by Pakistan.

Earlier this month, Krishna Kumar Dubey, a constable in the BSF, posted in Karam post in Uri area of Baramulla sector, was hit in his right eye by a bullet from across the border.