Senior officials have confirmed that around 10 soldiers of the Army, possibly a Special Forces Unit, crossed the Line of Control in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night and killed three Pakistani soldiers.
The strike follows the killing of four Indian soldiers including a Major by a Border Action Team of the Pakistan Army in Rajouri on Saturday, said sources.
Sources have described it as a “localized tactical level operation” by a local Army commander deployed in the region.
They do not use “surgical strike” to describe the operation, which targeted a specific Pakistani post.
The operation was “selective targeting”, said sources; it was meant to be very limited in scope and meant to achieve a very specific goal.
No Indian soldier in last night’s operation was injured.
Details of the operation are still unclear.
Sources have indicated that the goal was to send a clear message, that if Pakistani soldiers attack Indian soldiers, there will be a definite response.
On Saturday, Pakistan troops infiltrated almost 400 metres across the Line of Control to target Indian Army soldiers, sources said.
The attackers were part of a Pakistan Border Action Team. These groups include special forces of the Pakistan Army and terrorists and are known to intrude into India to target Indian soldiers patrolling along the border.
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