Indian Army launches counter-offensive after soldier mutilated

Jammu: Army on Wednesday launched a counter offensive against Pakistan along the LoC, a day after three Indian soldiers were killed, with body of one of them being mutilated in a cross-LoC attack.

The offensive comes hours after the Indian Army vowed "heavy retribution" to the attack on its soldiers. Brigadier, Northern Command, S Gotra said India Army launched a counter offensive along the LoC in retaliation to yesterday's offensive in Machhil sector of Kashmir.

Indian Army posts are responding strongly and giving a befitting reply, Defence PRO Manish Mehta said. Pakistan Army also fired at Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors. In the cross-LoC attack by suspected Pakistani terrorists, three Indian soldiers were yesterday killed, with body of one of them being mutilated.

The ambush on the army patrol took place in Machhil sector of Kashmir, following which the Indian Army vowed heavy "retribution". The Northern Command spokesman had on Tuesday tweeted, "3 soldiers killed in action on LC (Line of Control) in Machhal.

Body of one soldier mutilated." He said the "retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act." This is the second such incident of mutilation of the body of an Indian soldier in the same sector since October 28.

On that day, terrorists, aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, had crossed the Line of Control and killed an Indian army jawan and mutilated his body in Macchil sector. One attacker was killed in that incident.

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