Two soldiers and a civilian were killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Tanghar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday, police said.

Three civilians were also injured in the firing by Pakistani troops, police further said.

Earlier, an army soldier was killed last week, when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, an army official said.

Pakistan took to firing on Tuesday as well in the Qasba and Kirni sectors in Poonch district resulting in violation of the ceasefire agreement. Indian troops counter-fired to give a befitting reply.

“Pakistan initiated unprovoked firing of small arms and mortars at around 9.30 a.m. Indian forces retaliated befittingly,” said an official. Though there were no injuries or casualties.

Year 2019 saw ceasefire violations by Pakistan at a five-year high. There have been more than 2,300 instances of ceasefire violation till date this year as compared to 1,629 instances in 2018.

According to the Indian Army, the high number of ceasefire violations is linked to attempts by Pakistan to push terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir under the covering fire.

Intelligence reports have revealed that terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba have been kept in waiting along the LoC to be pushed into the Indian territory, whenever they sense a chance.

Further details awaited.

(With inputs from PTI)