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India-Pakistan shooting ERUPTS as Pakistan Army ‘initiate attack’ on LoC killing one – Express.co.uk

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The Pakistani Army reportedly initiated the attack in the Rajouri district, an Indian military official revealed to Sputnik News. The ceasefire violation began around 5.30am and the Indian Army retaliated effectively, The Times of India reported. Mortar bombs and small firearms were used in the attack.

A defence official told The Times of India: “A soldier was killed and three others injured when Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation around 5.30am today. The Indian Army retaliated effectively.”

The attack comes less than a week after Pakistani F-16 fighter jets were reportedly detected on the Line of Control (LoC).

In response to the supersonic aircraft, India put its air defence systems on high alert.

However, the fighter jets were not shot down because they stayed within Pakistani-controlled territory, according to senior officials.

READ MORE: India-Pakistan tensions: Nuclear-armed rivals ‘threatened missile

Tensions between the two nuclear powers have escalated since the Indian Air Force targeted an alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed training camps in Pakistan’s Balakot last month.

The attack resulted in India announcing it had targeted an alleged militant base in Balakot as a strike against “non-civilian and non-military targets with clear intent not to cause any damage to life or infrastructure”.

The two have been shelling and firing with heavy arms at each other ever since.

Pakistan has also claimed to have deployed their army across the LoC.

Trade across the LoC has allegedly been suspended after the Pakistan Air Force violated India’s air space by targeting military positions on February 27.

Pakistan claimed to have downed two Indian Air Force jets and capture their pilots but the capture led tensions to escalate further.

The country later released one of the pilots on March 1 in “a peace gesture”.

Tensions arose when Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad targeted 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14.

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