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Mutilation an act of extreme barbarism, says Arun Jaitley

Earlier today, Pakistan breached truce along the LoC and beheaded two Indian soldiers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Indian army soldiers patrol near the Line of Control in Poonch district after a ceasefire violation by Pakistan. (Photo: PTI)

killing two soldiers and mutilating their bodies is an extreme form of barbarism and the armed forces will react to it appropriately, said on Monday while strongly condemning the "inhuman" act.

Defence Minister said the whole country has full confidence and faith in its armed forces and that the sacrifice of the two soldiers will not go in vain, an assertion seen as a warning to

"Two of our soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch have been killed and their bodies mutilated by our neighbour. This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act. Such attacks don't even take place during war, let alone during peace time.

"Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of a barbaric act," the defence minister said.

Under the cover of heavy mortar fire, a Pakistani special forces team sneaked 250 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the Poonch sector and beheaded two Indian security personnel on Monday, officials said in Jammu.

"The of strongly condemns this act and the whole country has full confidence and faith in our armed forces which will react appropriately to this inhuman act. The sacrifice of these two soldiers will not go in vain," Jaitley said.

The vowed an "appropriate" response to the "despicable act", which significantly took place a day after Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited some areas along the and promised support to the Kashmiris.

The soldiers killed were Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Infantry and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of BSF.

First Published: Mon, May 01 2017. 21:05 IST
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