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In cross-LoC raids, Indian Army kills three Pakistani soldiers

26 Dec 2017 | By Gogona Saikia

The Indian Army last night carried out raids across the LoC in Pooch of J&K, killing at least three Pakistani soldiers.

The first phase was an ambush with IEDs, followed by firing with machine guns and assault rifles.

It has been described as "localized tactical level operation", not "surgical strike".

This came two days after four Indian Army personnel were killed in Pakistani firing.

In context: Indian Army kills three Pakistani soldiers in raids

26 Dec 2017In cross-LoC raids, Indian Army kills three Pakistani soldiers

DetailsHow the raids were carried out

The Indian Army crossed over the LoC in Rukh Chakri sub-sector of Rawalakote and planted IEDs on the Pakistani side.

Then they opened fire.

At least three Pakistani personnel, identified by DNA as sepoys Sajjad, Abdul Rehman and M Usman, were killed. No Indian personnel was injured.

Some posts were also reportedly damaged.

IE reports suspicious activity had been noticed at some Pakistani posts.

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Why does it not qualify as a "surgical strike"?

NDTV quotes sources as saying that the term "surgical strike" doesn't apply to this operation, which targeted a specific post. The "selective targeting" was limited in scope and had a very specific goal.

PlansSources warn of more raids if Pakistan attacks Indian troops

On Saturday, a Major and three army soldiers were killed when Pakistani Army opened fire across the LoC in Keri sector of Rajouri.

The Indian Army had said "it shall retaliate at a time...of its choosing". Sources have warned of more such raids.

Incidentally, it came on the same day alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, in Pakistani custody, met his family after 21 months.

2016The raids that made "surgical strike" a familiar term

On September 29, 2016, the Indian Army crossed the LoC to conduct surgical strikes on "launch pads" from where Pakistan-sponsored terrorists would infiltrate into India.

The Army inflicted "significant casualties" on the terrorists.

The Army jawans completed the mission and returned safely without suffering a single casualty.

The strike was touted as a revenge for last year's Uri attack that left 19 soldiers dead.