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Army jawan killed in Pakistan firing in Rajouri

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

today violated the ceasefire by firing on forwardposts along the in Rajouri district of Jammu andKashmir, killing an jawan.

There have been six ceasefire violations in the past three daysand a total 17 along the and the international border in Jammuregion since June 1 in which one civilian was killed and seven others wereinjured.

"The Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Armyposts in the Naoshera sector along the in Rajouri district around 0515hours today," a defence spokesman said.

Indian troops returned the fire strongly and effectively.

Naik Bakhtawar Singh was injured in the exchange of fire. He succumbed to his wounds while being evacuated to the militaryhospital, he said.

Singh (34), belonged to Hajipur village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district. He is survived by his wife Jasbir Kaur and three children, including a 10-month-old boy.

The wreath laying ceremony will be held tomorrow at Rajouri and the soldier's mortal remains will then be taken to his village where he will be cremated with full military honours, the spokesman said.

"Singh was a brave and sincere soldier. Heloved his job to the core. The nation will always remain indebted tohim for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty," he said.

breached the truce twice overnight in the Naushera sector.

Two Pakistani soldiers were on Wednesday killed in retaliatory fire after they breached the truce, targeting forward posts and civilians areas along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts.

There were 3 ceasefire violations by Pakistan on June 12, One on June 13, four on June 11 and one on June 10.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 18:02 IST