Two forces personnel and as many civilians were killed and 35 others injured in cross mortar shelling along the International Border and the LoC in four districts of Jammu and Kashmir Saturday, sources said.
“The Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing by small arms, automatics weapons and mortars from 1830 hours in Sunderbani sector (in Rajouri district) along the Line of Control (LOC). Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” an army officer said.
However, in the exchange of fire, Lance Naik Sam Abraham was grievously injured and succumbed later, he said.
The 34-year-old Lance Naik belonged to Poonakam village of Allepey district in Kerala and is survived by his wife and a daughter, aged 1 year and 10 months.
“Lance Naik Sam Abraham was a brave and sincere soldier.
(With inputs from PTI)