An Army personnel was killed on Friday after Pakistan Army violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The soldier was manning a forward post in Kalsia village of Nowshera sector which came under unprovoked firing from across the border in the early hours of the day. The soldier was immediately evacuated to a military hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

Indian troops retaliated effectively to silence the Pakistani guns but the casualties on the Pakistani side were not known immediately, the officials said. This was the fourth casualty on the Indian side in Pakistan mortar shelling and small arms firing in the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch since August 17.

Multiple reports of ceasefire violation by the neighboring country had surfaced this week. On Wednesday Pakistan violated ceasefire in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district. On Tuesday, one Indian Army soldier had lost his life in ceasefire violation in the Krishna Ghati sector.

The Indian Parliament on August 5 abrogated special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and proposed a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

The Pakistan government had termed Centre’s move as “unilateral and illegal.” Since then the tensions between the two nations has escalated.