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Two Army soldiers and an "intruder" were on Thursday killed when a Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) attacked a patrol team along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district. "In the firefight, our two jawans have been martyred", the Indian Army said in a statement, according to NDTV, adding that the exchange of fire is still on. The operation is still continuing as the Indian army is giving a befitting reply to the troops across the border. This was the third time BAT has struck in Poonch this year.

"BAT team from Pakistan had crossed the Line of Control and came 600 meters into the Indian side". "While the firefight was going on, Pakistani posts engaged own posts by heavy firing".

Defence Ministry sources told IANS that the Pakistanis resorted to "unprovoked firing and shelling at Indian positions in Chakan Da Bagh sector". "In the gunfight, two jawans were killed", the army said.

Prior to that, a BAT attack was carried out on February 18 but there were no casualties in that.

It is the same Krishna Ghati sector where the Pakistani BAT had beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj and badly severed the head of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh of 13 Rajputana Rifles, on January 8, 2013. The Indian troops killed one armed intruder, whose body "is within visual reach", he said.

Earlier in the day, a militant was killed as the Army foiled an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district. Indian troops effectively retaliated to the firing, he said.


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