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2 Soldiers Killed By Pakistan In Jammu's Akhnoor, Days After Re-Implementation Of Ceasefire Pact

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| June 3 , 2018 , 08:22 IST

A total of 2 Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers were killed on Sunday morning due to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing by Pakistani Rangers along the International Border in the Akhnoor sector of Jammu.

The firing took place days after the Director General of Military Operations or DGMOs of India and Pakistan agreed to re-implement in "letter and spirit" the ceasefire pact of 2003.

"The firing from across the border in violation of the ceasefire agreement prompted a strong and effective retaliation by the BSF," a senior officer of the BSF said to PTI.

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"The unprovoked firing resulted in critical injuries to two Border Security Force soldiers manning a forward post," he said.

Both the soldiers, including an assistant sub-inspector, were taken to a hospital, but succumbed to their injuries.

In the wake of repeated ceasefire violations accompanied with heavy casualties, the DGMOs of India and Pakistan on May 29 agreed to "fully implement" the ceasefire pact of 2003 in "letter and spirit" to stop further border skirmishes in Jammu and Kashmir.

The special hotline contract between Indian DGMO Lt General Anil Chauhan and Pakistani DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, had been initiated by Pakistan, after which both the armies issued identical statements, reiterating commitment to the ceasefire understanding.

Including the fatalities of Sunday, the number of deaths due to ceasefire violations along the International Border and Line of Control has reached 46, including 20 security personnel.