3 soldiers killed in 2 J&K operations in 24 hours, 9 terrorists killed

NEW DELHI: Nine were killed in two operations in the past 24 hours in &,inwhichthreesoldiersalsogavetheirlives,thearmysaidsunday,evenasindiaandpakistancontinuedtoexchangeheavygunfirealongthecontrolline.volatile()

fourterrorists,whohadpreviouslykilledfourcivilians,werekilledonsaturdayinthebatpuraarea,insouthernkashmir,inajointoperationbythearmyandpoliceforces.

fivemoreterroristswerekilledwhiletryingtoinfiltratethroughthelocintothekeransectorofnorthernkashmironsunday.terroristsweretryingtoinfiltratekashmirbytakingadvantageofbadweatheranddifficultterraininthekeranareawhentheyweredetectedbyouralerttroops,anofficersaid.

inthefierceshooting,onesoldierwaskilledinstantly,whiletwootherssuccumbedtotheirinjuriesinthehospitallater.twomorejawansareinjured.thecleanupoperationisstillinprogress,headded.

officerssaidthearmycontinuestomaintainhighoperationalreadinessthroughoutthe778kmlongloc,whichcontinuestobehighlyvolatilewithregularfiringduelsandcross-borderinfiltrationoffers.

indiarecordedupto3,479rapesandshootingsacrossthelocandthe198kminternationalborderatj&kin2019,breakingallannualrecordssince2003.

thenumberofceasefireviolationsacrossthelochasalreadycrossed1,160thisyear,with367reportedinjanuary,382infebruary,and411inmarch.inthecorrespondingperiodfromjanuarytomarchlastyear,thenumberwas685.

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