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The action came in response to Pak’s Saturday’s ceasefire violation claiming lives of three soldiers and a Major.

Days after Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol along the LoC in the Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian armed forces hit back at Pakistan overnight Monday – claiming the lives of three soldier’s of the neighboring country.

Reportedly, Indian armed forces crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) to Rakhchikri in the Rawlakot sector and carried out the attack – which is very similar to last year’s surgical strikes. The Indian Army action came in response to the unprovoked and indiscriminate shelling and firing in Keri sector by Pakistani troops on Saturday – which claimed the lives of three soldiers and a Major.

Amid escalating tension along LoC and International Border (IB) in Kashmir, there had been several instances of cross-border firing and ceasefire violations in recent days. According to Indian Army officials, the Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire 881 times this year – including 771 violations along the LoC in Kashmir and 110 violations along the IB. In 2016, the border area at Kashmir witnessed 449 ceasefire violations – killing 13 civilians and 13 security personnel.

On the other hand, Pakistan claimed that the recent attack on their troop was an “unprovoked ceasefire violation”. According to Pakistani newspaper Dawn, Indian armed forces have breached ceasefire agreement more than 1300 times this year – claiming the lives of 52 civilians and leaving behind at least 175 more with serious injuries.

J&K police neutralizes ‘merchant of death’ Noor Mohammed Tantray

In a separate counter-insurgency operation at Samboora area in Pulwama sector of Jammu-Kashmir, the police neutralized wanted Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist Noor Mohammed Tantray. The terror mastermind – who was out on parole since 2015 – was one of the key operative of the terror outfit and was the brain behind several attacks in the valley, including the suicide attack at Srinagar airport earlier this year.

Stating that the police action came following a tip-off suggesting the presence of two militants in the area, Muneer Khan, inspector general of police, J&K, said, “We came to know of presence of a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist who was the mastermind of all attacks carried out by the terror outfit. Encounter continued till early morning, JeM terrorist was killed and one AK-56, pistol and magazines were recovered.”

Tantray, the 47-year-old JeM divisional terrorist was a four feet two inches tall militant, who also walked with a limp and had become a major headache for the security forces in the valley. Having spent eight years in Delhi’s  Tihar jail, the Jaish militant rejoined militancy in 2015 and escalated terror activities since then. He was also a close aide of Ghazi Baba – who is accused to be the mastermind of 2001 attack on Parliament.

A senior official of the J&K police – who was part of the operation – said, “We had missed him only by few minutes in the past and I was sure he would run out of luck soon as his height was his biggest disadvantage. With each passing day, the search narrowed.”

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