The Indian Army today launched attack on terror camps inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir as a retaliatory measure against the ceasefire violation by Pakistan where two soldiers and a civilian were killed in Tanghar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday, according to government sources.

The sources further said that four to five Pakistan Army soldiers were killed, several were injured  and four terror launch pads in Neelam valley were destroyed in the artillery attack by the Indian Army.

“Unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Tangdhar sector. Indian troops retaliated strongly causing heavy damage and casualties to the enemy,” an Army statement said.

Retaliatory firing from India was underway. Army officials said the exact magnitude of damage and casualties were being assessed.

In today’s cease fire violation by Pakistan one civilian was also killed in shelling targeting populated areas. Three others were injured.

The incident comes a day before Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat scheduled visit to Ladakh for the inauguration of a strategic bridge.

Rajnath Singh and General Rawat will visit northeastern Ladakh on Monday to inaugurate a strategically located bridge at the fag end of the newly-constructed all-weather motorable road linking Darbuk in Leh with Daulat Beg Oldi near the Karakoram Pass near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

The bridge has been named after Colonel Chewang Rinchen, a highly-decorated soldier of the Indian Army, who is from Ladakh.

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.

(With inputs from IANS)