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Indian Army: Four Pakistan posts destroyed in Keran sector, heavy casualties inflicted

The army had accused the Pakistan army posts of "providing support by covering fire" at the border as militants mutilated the body of an Indian soldier in Kupwara. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir India Oct 30, 2016, 03.45 AM (IST)

Amid continuing ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control, the Indian Army on Saturday said it had destroyed four Pakistani posts in a massive assault in the Keran sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district. 

The Army said the attack was carried out in retaliation to the ceasefire violations by the Paskistani Rangers earlier in the day, that killed one Border Security Force soldier and injured a civilian.  

"Four Pak posts destroyed in massive fire assault in Keran Sector. Heavy casualties inflicted," the Indian Army's Northern Command said in a statement on its Twitter account late on Saturday.

An army official confirmed that troops on both sides had been exchanging mortar fire in and around the area since Saturday morning. He gave no further details of the assault. 

Interior minister, Rajnath Singh had on Saturday assured the people that the security forces were giving a "befitting reply" to firing from across the border and that the country "will not bow down before anyone".

On Friday, the Indian Army said in a statement that militants at the border mutilated the body of an Indian soldier after an encounter in the Kupwara district, before crossing back into Pakistan. 

The army had accused the Pakistan army posts of "providing support by covering fire" and had warned that the "act will invite an appropriate response".

Tensions have mounted along the border as both sides traded accusations that each had killed civilians in cross-border shelling in Kashmir.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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