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. Also Read - Shah Faesal, 2 PDP Leaders to be Released Soon as J-K Administration Revokes Public Safety Act Against Them
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. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: 3 Jaish Terrorists, Including Bomb Expert, Killed in Pulwama Encounter
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. Also Read - With Article 370 Gone, Army Now Wants to Buy Land in J&K to Set up Camp
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.