Jammu: The body of an Indian soldier, killed in a gunfight with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday evening, was mutilated by terrorists, who fled back to Pakistani-administered Kashmir under supporting fire cover by Pakistani troops, the army said.
In a brief statement, the army also said that an “appropriate response” will be given. The army said a gunfight took place close to the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Machhal sector on Friday evening, in which one soldier and a terrorist were killed.
“In a despicable act, the terrorists mutilated the body of the Indian army soldier before fleeing into POK, supported by covering fire from Pakistani Army posts. This barbarism is a true reflection which pervades official and non-official organisations across the border. This act will invite an appropriate response,” it said.
The attack comes hours after the Border Security Force or BSF said 15 Pakistani soldiers had been killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops after ceasefire violation along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir.
Exactly a week ago, seven Pakistani soldiers were killed along the International Border, the BSF had said. However, Pakistan denied the deaths.
Three BSF soldiers have been killed in Pakistani shelling in the last five days.
Areas near the border have been on high alert because of a spurt in firing from Pakistan after Indian soldiers last month crossed over the Line of Control and destroyed launchpads areas for terrorists who, the army said, were getting ready to enter India to carry out a series of attacks.