New Delhi:  An army major and a soldier were martyred  in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast  along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Friday. Officials, while speaking to news agency PTI, said that the IED was planted in foot-track along LoC by suspected terrorists to target army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in the Laam belt of Nowshera Sector.

The blast resulted in injuries to the officer and the soldier, the officials said, adding they were rushed to a hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.  Army soldiers have been alerted against IED blasts and attacks by the Border Action Teams or BATs of the Pakistan Army, they added further.

In another incident, terrorists lobbed a grenade at CRPF platoon near Lal Chowk in Srinagar. However, no loss of life or injury was reported from that attack.

Both the incidents came days after Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector for the fourth time. India had also strongly retaliated to the intermittent firing from the other side.

Notably, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 2,936 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2018 — the highest in the past 15 years with an average of eight cases daily — in which 61 people were killed and over 250 injured.