SRINAGAR: A Major-rank Army officer was killed and a soldier was injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in an area close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday.
Separately, a soldier was injured after Pakistani troops fired from small arms on Indian forward posts along the de facto border in the same district later during the day, the defence sources said.
Reports reaching here said that the Army officer whose identity is being ascertained was killed while defusing the IED at a place called Lam Jhanger in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri. The IED, apparently planted by “enemy forces within Indian territory”, was set off when the officer along with his men was patrolling the area and tried to defuse it.
The incident comes two days after 49 CRPF personnel were killed and about a dozen others wounded in a suicide attack carried out by a lone member of Jaish-e-Muhammad terror outfit at Lethapora along the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
An Army jawan was injured after the Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing from across the LoC in Rajouri. The sources said the firing started at 4 pm, prompting strong retaliation by Indian troops. The jawan was hit by a bullet in the Kalal area of Nowshera.