Pakistani troops slit throats of two Indian soldiers (Lead)

Syndicated from IANS | Published on Tue, Jan 8 2013 19:15 IST | 7 Views | Add comment
Jammu, Jan 8

Pakistani soldiers entered into Indian territory Tuesday and slit the throats of two Indian soldiers at a post on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Poonch Deputy Commissioner A.K. Sahu said the Pakistanis raided a post in Sona Gali area, killed the two Indians and wounded a third.

The gory incident took place in the border district of Poonch.

Sahu said: "(The) Pakistani soldiers ... slit the throats of two army soldiers." He said the 29 Baloch regiment is said to be involved in the attack.

Army sources told IANS that the raiding Pakistani troops took away the weapons of the dead Indian soldiers: Sudhakar Singh and Hemraj of 13 Rajputana Rifles.

The sources said the Pakistanis reached the post since it was located close to the fence near the LoC, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

The army has erected a three-tier fence in Indian territory running along the LOC. The fence is about 500 metres to two kilometres inside Indian territory and seeks to prevent Pakistani intrusion.

But the Pakistanis took advantage of the thick fog in the forested area to sneak in, an army spokesman said.

"The (Indian) patrol spotted them and engaged the intruders" for about half hour after which the Pakistani troops retreated, he said.

The official termed the intrusion and killings as "yet another grave provocation by the Pakistan Army".

He said the latest attack was being taken up "sternly through official channels".

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