February 2002 News

11 Pakistan soldiers killed in Nowshera

28 February 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI: Eleven Pakistani soldiers were killed and their 12 bunkers were destroyed when indian army retaliated Pakistan firing in Nowshera sector this evening. Defence sources said that around 1720 hours today, Pakistani regulars from the 10 Corps began firing mortar shells from 82 mm guns on forward Indian positions targeting ammunition dumps and watch towers. They continued to rain fire for the next 45 minutes, provoking retaliation from the Indian troops. In retaliation, troops manning the forward positions opened mortar fire from 81 mm guns and the fiery showdown continued for the next two hours in which four Pakistani bunkers were destroyed and three of their regulars killed, the sources said. ''Incensed at Indian retaliation the regulars unleashed fire from 105 mm heavy artillery guns and began to pound forward Indian positions in ‘rapid attack technique’ but this time they targeted isolated bunkers and communication towers and rained fire for the next one hour,'' they said. Indian artillery soldiers saw the Special Services Group (SSG) of the Pakistan army actively assisting the regulars in loading shells in the guns and directing their fire. Sources said the firing of heavy artillery shells by the regulars galvanised Indian troops into action and in retaliation soldiers opened artillery fire on the forward Pakistani positions targeting their artillery positions and communication towers and the showdown continued for some time. They said in a bid to divert the attention of the Indian troops from the Lam area, the regulars opened another front at Kalaal, but this time they launched a three-dimension artillery attack on Indian positions. But in swift retaliation the Indian soldiers fired back effectively and in the following heavy gun battle two more of their bunkers were destroyed when troops scored direct hits killing four regulars. Fearing enhanced retaliation from the Indians, the Pakistani regulars again fired upon the Indian positions at Jhangar area, he said, adding that here also the cross-border artillery duel claimed three more Pakistani soldiers’ lives and three of their bunkers were completely destroyed. The Pakistani soldiers were seen carrying away their dead and injured troops and their medical and mobile ambulance units were seen evacuating the soldiers. After a lull in the cross- border firing during the past fortnight today’s firing by the Pakistani troops was a major incident and Indian soldiers were fully ready to retaliate if the Pakistani soldiers attempted any such misadventures in the future, the sources said.


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