Three soldiers of the Indian army were killed and five injured in separate incidents during heavy shelling by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. The troops responded strongly to the enemy fire, said the army, alleging that Pakistan used mortars to target Indian positions.

“A befitting response is being given,” the army said. The ceasefire violation started last night as Pakistan launched unprovoked firing in the Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors, a defense spokesperson said today.

Two soldiers were killed in firing by Pakistan in the Nowgam sector of Kupwara district in North Kashmir early this morning.

A third soldier was killed in overnight firing in Poonch. The injured soldiers were evacuated, the spokesman said.

Over the last few days, Pakistan has been targeting villages in Poonch.

On September 5, a soldier was killed and two others, including an officer, were injured in firing and shelling by Pakistan along the Line of Control in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, officials said.

On September 2, a JCO (Junior Commissioned Officer) was killed in yet another ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army in the Keri sector of Rajouri.

Over the last eight months, more than 3,000 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have been reported, the most in 17 years. In September, there were 47 violations by Pakistan of the ceasefire agreed upon by both sides in 2003.