Fresh exchange of fire rock LoC in Poonch, infiltration

Indian and Pakistan troops tonight traded heavy gunfire along the Line of Control in Poonch sector after the movement of a group of suspected infiltrators was detected, in fresh escalation of tension.

"There was a movement of 6 to 7 persons close to LoC opposite Krishagati sub-sector in Poonch sector at around 2145 hours tonight", Defence Spokesman Col R K Palta told PTI.

There was no immediate report of casualty or injury on the Indian side.

Indian troops opened fire on the suspected infiltrators, the spokesman said adding that thereafter exchange of heavy fire took place.

After about half-an-hour of exchange of fire, the suspected infiltrators disappered from the scene, Col Palta said adding the intensity of firing from both sides has reduced but is going on.

It is suspected that either a groups of militants or Border Action Team (BAT) could have been undertaking movement close to LoC opposite Krishnagati sub-sector in Poonch tonight.

The eruption of exchange of fire tonight broke a lull of 48 hours.

Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by firing mortars shells and from small arms on Indian posts along LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district on Thursday, the Defence spokesman said.

Thursday's was the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops along Poonch sector after the barbaric killing of two Indian jawans.

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