- Body 1 of 3 soldiers killed near LoC in Jammu and Kashmir mutilated
- Pakistan army's Border Action Team believed to be involved in killings
- Army vows retribution; second soldier beheaded in less than a month
The soldiers were ambushed while they were on a patrol in the Machil sector in north Kashmir by the Border Action Team of the Pakistan army. Indian posts are closer to Pakistan in this sector and the rugged terrain and thicker forests gives intruders an advantage.
Condemn the cowardly & brutal killing of our soldiers & mutilation of one of them. Salute these brave martyrs for their supreme sacrifice.- Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) November 22, 2016
Pakistan's Foreign Office denied the incident and termed the reports as "false" and "baseless".
Last month, terrorists mutilated the body of 27-year-old Mandeep Singh before running back into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, under cover fire provided by the Pakistan army. The army then said the incident reflected barbarism in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan and asserted, "the incident will be responded to appropriately."
One of the soldiers, Prabhu Singh, was from Rajasthan. "I have lost my only son. My boy. He just got placed in the army and now I have lost him...I am ready to rejoin the army and personally get my revenge if it comes to that," said his father.
The strikes were seen as India's response to the Uri attack in which 19 soldiers were killed by terrorists from Pakistan.