Five Indian soldiers were killed early on Tuesday on the line of control in Poonch in a cross border attack by regular Pakistani troops, Army officials said.
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The attack took place on the Indian side of the border when the troops were on a regular patrol. Sources said that a Pakistani army team had crossed the border under the cover of darkness and had laid an ambush.
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The Indian troops were caught in one of the deadliest cross border attacks on the LoC in recent times. Sources said that the soldiers belonged to the Bihar regiment.
This is the biggest attack in the Poonch area after the killing of two soldiers and beheading of one in January that had triggered off a series of fire exchanges. Sources said there are no reports of mutilation in today's attack.
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Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh is taking stock of the situation, Army sources said in Delhi.
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Shadow over Indo-Pak talks
The incident could cast a shadow on the resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue process expected later this month. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are slated to meet in New York next month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.
Soon after the news of the attack broke out, Opposition members in both Houses of Parliament slammed the government. Both the Houses were adjourned till noon amid protest by the BJP and other Opposition parties.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, BJP's Ravishankar Prasad said that the incident was serious.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi took to microblogging site Twitter to react on the incident.