5 Pak soldiers killed in Poonch
26 February 2002
The Daily Excelsior
POONCH: Army today replied yesterday’s artillery shelling and medium arms firing by Pakistan troops killing five enemy soldiers opposite Titrinot post and blasting their eight bunkers in Satwal and Jameela villages. Reports said the Indian side gave an effective reply to Pakistan army’s shelling and firing in Poonch sector this afternoon. Five Pakistan army soldiers were killed in the retaliatory firing opposite Titrinot post. A post of Pakistan army, which was being manned by the slain jawans, was blasted in the shelling. Three enemy soldiers were reported to have been injured opposite Digwar sector this evening. Atleast eight bunkers of Pakistan army were destroyed in Satwal and Jameela posts. Retaliatory firing by the Indian army continued for more than two hours. Retaliation, according to official sources, was necessitated to silence the Pakistani guns, which had been barking since yesterday afternoon in entire Poonch sector. A civilian was injured in the shelling in Jhalas village yesterday while several houses, which had been abandoned by the people while migrating to safer areas, were damaged. Few mortar shells were also fired by Pakistan army today. Four shells landed on LKG road this morning but didn’t cause any casualties or damage. Skirmishes between Indo-Pak troops in Poonch sector has almost become a routine for the last about two months. Pakistan army have suffered a number of casualties in the shelling, which had intensified after build-up on the Line of Control (LoC) in the wake of terrorist attack on the Parliament. Indian side have also suffered some casualties in the shelling and firing, which had also resulted into migration of civil population on both sides.