Srinagar, June 12: The army today said a soldier had been killed and three injured on the Line of Control in Poonch but desisted from identifying the attackers in a departure from the usual rush to blame Pakistan.
A patrol was targeted with an explosion near a forward post in the Tarakundi area of the Poonch sector at 8.30am, the defence spokesperson in Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta, said.
“The IED exploded some 500 to 600 metres inside the fence,” he said. “Sepoy Shankar Singh lost his life while three others were injured. (They) have been evacuated to the service hospital and are reportedly out of danger.”
A hunt is on for the attackers whose identity, Mehta said, was not known yet. In the past, such attacks were always blamed immediately on the Pakistan army or Islamabad-sponsored militants.
Army sources said they were refraining from naming anyone to avert escalating tensions — the second time they have done so since the change of guard in New Delhi.
On May 19, an army jawan was killed and two others were injured when attackers from across the LoC targeted an Indian patrol with mines and small arms fire in the Akhnoor sector of Jammu division.
This was days before Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as Prime Minister but the army was officially silent on any Pakistani involvement, although army sources hinted at the involvement of the “Border Action Team”.
The Border Action Team is said to be made up of Pakistani troops and militants tasked with attacking Indian troops in border areas.
An official said: “The fresh attack too may be the handiwork of the BAT, but this is still being ascertained.”
The three injured jawans are Lance Naik Mohinder Singh, Sepoy Shamveer and Sepoy Surinder Prasad.