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Army soldier injured in landmine blast at Balakote

Poonch, March 16 : An army man was injured in a landmine explosion near the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar sector of district Poonch on Saturday.

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A police official said that the soldier was on a routine patrol duty in Tarkundi area of Balakote in Mendhar sector when he accidentally stepped on mine near the (LoC).

“In the incident, the soldier identified as Sepoy Vishal Choudhary (21) of 15 Jakli sustained injuries and is being treated in military health facility,” he said.

Meanwhile, the armies of India and Pakistan traded fire along LoC in Mankote sector.

An official said that the Pakistani army opened unprovoked fire and mortar shells on Indian Army’s posts in Mankote. “The soldiers manning the fence also responded the fire strongly”.

When reports last came in the cross-border shelling was going on. (GNS)

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