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Kupwara LoC: Two Army officers killed in sniper attack

Srinagar, Dec 21: Two army officers were killed in a ‘sniper attack’ by Pakistan army along the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday late afternoon.

Quoting official sources, news agency Global News Service said that Pakistan army in “violation of ceasefire” opened the sniper fire upon the army’s 2/8 GR posts in Peer Baba Grahat Post along the LoC in Jumgund area.

Two army officers suffered serious injuries in the attack and were immediately evacuated to military hospital Drugmulla where one of them, Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Subidar Gamar Thapa (42) succumbed to injuries, the report said.

The other injured, Junior Commissioned Officer Subidar Raman Thapa was later referred to army’s 92 base hospital Badamibagh Srinagar for advanced treatment. However, he succumbed to injuries at the hospital.

A senior police officer confirmed the incident and said that the troops responded the fire triggering off the cross-border shelling in the area which was intermittently going on when this report was filed.

A senior army officer also confirmed the death of both JCOs even as he further said that details with regard to the incident would be shared later

Sniper attacks by Pakistan have emerged as a major challenge for the Indian Army after infiltration by militants.

Though infiltration attempts have come down due to snow, the intermittent sniper attacks have continued along the LoC from Kashmir to Jammu.