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Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC, fires at Indian posts in Samba sector

Jammu: After a two-day lull in cross-border firing and shelling, Pakistani troops targeted Indian border outposts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Samba districts on Thursday, injuring six civilians, a senior BSF officer said.

 Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC, fires at Indian posts in Samba sector

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The officer said Pakistan targeted more than 15 BoPs on Thursday night. Indian troops retaliated effectively. The exchange of fire is going intermittently, he said.

Earlier, Pakistani troops shelled Jerdha hamlet in the Ramgarh sector of Samba district, the officer said.

A policeman said Pakistan Rangers shelled more than 20 border hamlets in the Arnia sector, injuring six people.

Arnia Khurd, Pindi, Kathar, Jabowal, Kol Khurd in the Arnia sector bore the brunt of the shelling.

Several houses were damaged and over a dozen cattle were killed in the firing, the police officer said.

There had been continuous firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) between 13 September and 18 September.

A BSF jawan and a civilian were killed and 12 others injured in the shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Poonch districts during the period.

Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year. Till 1 August, there have been 285 such actions by the Pakistan army, while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures by the Indian Army.

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Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 08:20:45 IST

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