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Army major, soldier killed in IED blast along LoC in Rajouri

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An Army Major and a soldier were killed in an IED blast along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district Friday, officials said.

An improvised explosive device was planted by suspected militants in foot-track along the LoC to target Army soldiers patrolling the borderline in Laam belt of Nowshera sector of Rajouri district, they said.

The blast resulted in injuries to two soldiers, including a Major, the officials said, adding they were rushed to a hospital where they succumbed to injuries.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said: “Today one officer and another soldier were martyred in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Lam area of Nowshera sector”.

There was no confirmation whether the IED was planted by militants.

Earlier reports said two soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer, were injured on Friday in an explosion near the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.

In another incident, an army porter identified as Hem Raj son of Tara Chand resident of Dadal Sunderbani got injured when he was hit at by a Pakistani sniper on LoC in Sunderbani.

Army soldiers have been alerted against IED blasts and attacks by the border action teams (BATs) of the Pakistan Army, they said.

(PTI)

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