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Soldier And Civilian Killed In Terror Attack On Army Camp In Kashmir's Pulwama

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| May 28 , 2018 , 11:52 IST

A soldier and one civilian were killed on Sunday night after terrorists attacked an Army camp in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in the first major attack on the army in the state after the government announced a unilateral ceasefire during the Muslim holy month of Ramzan.

According to reports, militants attacked the camp of the Indian Army's 50 Rashtriya Rifles at Kakapora in Pulwama district, leaving a jawan seriously injured. A civilian identified as Bilal Ahmed was also left seriously injured when he was caught in the crossfire. Both were rushed to a hospital where they both succumbed to their injuries.

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"In a cowardly and provocative act of terror, terrorists carried out a stand-off attack on Kakapora Army Camp. One soldier martyred," said a defense spokesman after the incident.

Meanwhile, on Monday morning in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, 3 army men were injured after suspected militants blasted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as a Casper army vehicle carrying jawans of the Army's 44 Rashtriya Rifles was passing by.

Before the dual attacks, state police and Home ministry officials had been viewing the Ramzan ceasefire as having a positive impact in Kashmir with both terrorist activities and stone pelting incidents having drastically come down. Officials even hinted that the unilateral ceasefire be extended beyond Ramzan if the situation showed signs of improvement.

Although terrorist activities and stone pelting incidents have reduced within Jammu and Kashmir, the number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the J&K border have increased considerably. In the week before the Ramzan ceasefire was operational, 5 ceasefire violations by Pakistan took place, rising to 33 ceasefire violations between May 16 and 23.