Defence sources say that five soldiers were killed in the attack by Pakistan at Chakan da Bagh. Sources add that Pakistani soldiers entered the Indian side of the LoC and ambushed an Indian post called Saral late on Monday night.
A group of 10-12 soldiers of 21st Batallion of the Bihar Regiment, which is deployed in the sector, were patrolling the border on Monday night when they were ambushed by several Pakistani intruders which included terrorists as well as soldiers of the Pakistani Army.
Sources say that attack was carried out by a group of Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists with the help of Pakistani soldiers. Lashkar-e-Toiba has created a Border Action Team (BAT) which has highly trained terrorists for carrying out such attacks with the help of Pakistani Army.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh make a statement in Parliament, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla called it an “unfortunate incident”. “This is a very unfortunate. The Defence Minister (AK Antony) is aware of the matter and he will take the necessary steps,” said Shulka.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted about the attack on the Indian post and the casualties. “Was briefed early this morning about news that 5 of our soldiers had been killed on the LOC. My heartfelt condolences to their next of kin,” tweeted Omar.
He added that such attacks cannot help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pakistan. He also questioned Pakistani government’s recent overtures.
Major General (Retd) Afsir Karim said that the Pakistani Army always carries out such attacks after careful planning. “Only indulging in talks will not help. An attack should be answered with an attack and those involved in such acts should be vanquished,” said the former Army officer.
In January 2013 two Indian jawans were killed and one of them beheaded at the LoC.
There were 93 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in 2012, taking the total number since 2010 to 188, Parliament was told Monday. While two Army personnel were killed during these violations in 2010, one was killed in 2012.
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