'3 Army soldiers killed at Keri along LoC'

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The Pakistani troops on Saturday violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir's Keri (120 Infantry Brigade) Battalion area along the Line of Control. "The martyrdom of our soldiers will not go in vain", said an officer.

The injured jawan has been airlifted to hospital for medical treatment. The firing took place while the Army personnel were on patrol duty.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat recently held that peace talks with Pakistan could take place only when it stops supporting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Those martyred have been identified as, Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh.

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No cross-border firing has been reported in other states except Jammu and Kashmir along the border with Pakistan, the minister said replying to a written question.

There was no immediate reaction from Pakistan.

Major Ambadas (32) belonged to Bhandara district in Maharashtra and is survived by wife Avoli Moharkar, while Lance Naik Gurmail Singh (34) belonged to Amritsar district in Punjab and is survived by wife kuljit Kaur and a daughter. "It does not only support terrorism but also provide state sponsorship", Singh said.

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