Ceasefire violations across LoC: Civilian killed, 2 injured in India, Pakistan claims 3 people injured

Jammu: A labourer was killed and two others, including a BSF trooper, were injured on Thursday in firing exchanges between Pakistani and Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.

"A labourer was killed and a driver injured from the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) in the firing. A Head Constable from Border Security Force (BSF) was also injured in the attack," Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant colonel Manish Mehta told IANS.

File image of the LoC. PTI

File image of the LoC. PTI

Indiscriminate firing was started by the Pakistan Army early on Thursday, to which the Indian troops retaliated.

"Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing and shelling on our positions on the LoC in Rajouri district's Naushera sector and Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch," Mehta had earlier said.

The Pakistani forces were firing using small arms, automatics and mortars, he said. "Our forces are effectively retaliating," Mehta added.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani side also claimed that at least three people were injured when Indian forces resorted to "unprovoked" firing across the Line of Control.

According to a Pakistan Army statement, Indian troops opened fire at Battal, Jandrot and Hotspring sectors at the LoC on Thursday morning.

The two sides regularly accuse each other of violating the ceasefire agreement in which civilians are killed and injured.

Pakistan last week said that a 60-year-old woman was killed when an Indian shell landed on her house and exploded in Naali village of Bhimber district.

With inputs from PTI

Published Date: Jun 01, 2017 13:39 PM | Updated Date: Jun 01, 2017 13:43 PM

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