Army launches massive assault along LoC after soldier’s beheading
A day after an Indian soldier was mutilated by Pakistani forces, the Indian army has launched massive fire assaults on Pakistan along the Line of Control for which it had vowed “heavy retribution”, reported NDTV.
According to the report, the entire Line of Control area has been under heavy exchange of firing. Firing is reported in Poonch, Rajouri, Kel and Machil, indicating that a localized response is not enough after repeated incidents.
On Tuesday, an Indian soldier was beheaded and two others killed by Pakistani commandos who crossed over at Machil. Just three weeks ago, another soldier was beheaded not far from the spot. “Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,” the army said in a statement. 120 mm heavy mortars and machine guns are being used in the attack on Pakistani army posts, the report said.
The Northern Command vowed “heavy retribution for the cowardly act”. “3 soldiers killed in action on LoC in Machhal. Body of one soldier mutilated, retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,” the Northern Command said in a tweet.
The attackers were part of the Border Action Team of the Pakistani Army, according to NDTV. According to reports, all of them managed to escape. This is the second attack on the Army in less than a month in the same sector. On October 29, Mandeep Singh, a soldier serving with the 17 Sikh Regiment, was killed and then beheaded while out on patrol ahead of Kala Post
Border skirmishes intensified after suspected militants attacked a military base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, killing 19 Indian soldiers on September 18. India claimed to have carried out a “surgical strike” after the attack across the Line of Control. Pakistan has denied the claim.
India shares 230 km of International Border and 740 km of LoC with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.