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Pakistani troops continue ceasefire violations in Jammu, Rajouri, Kathua; three civilians injured

Jammu: Pakistani troops continued the ceasefire violations on Friday with firing and mortar shelling on Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC and international border in Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts, injuring three civilians.

The victims — two girls and a man — were injured due to mortar shell splinters in Lallai Chak village.

Border Security Forces (BSF) and Army have responded "appropriately and befittingly", a defence spokesman said. "There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Sunderbani, Pallanwala and Nowshera sectors of Rajouri and Jammu districts on Friday," the spokesman said.

They used small arms, automatics, 82 mm mortars and 120 mm mortars in the firing and shelling, he said adding that no casualties to army troops have been reported.

Firing and shelling continued overnight along the international border. "At 1720 hour on Thursday, Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked heavy firing and shelling in Katgus Sector of Jammu which further spread to Hiranagar and Samba," a senior BSF officer said.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan Rangers continued till 6 am, in Lallai Chak, Pansar, Pahadpur and Londi villages where shells damaged over two dozen houses.

Over a dozen cattle have also perished in these villages.

Reports said that over 400 families have migrated from these areas to safer locations.

The entire population of Abdullian village in RS Pura sector has also migrated after Pakistan Rangers targeted civilian and BSF facilities in the area during the last five days.

"Some Pakistani posts and villages have suffered heavy damage," the BSF officer said.

On Thursday, a Pakistani Ranger was killed and another injured in the retaliatory firing by BSF, as Pakistani troops heavily shelled five sectors along LoC and IB in J&K in which one BSF jawan died and 13 other civilians were injured.

While Pakistani troops pounded BoPs and hamlets along IB in Kathua, Hiranagar sectors (Kathua), R S Pura and Arnia sectors (Jammu) and Samba sector, they also targeted forward Indian posts and villages along LOC in Krishnagati, Balakote and Mankote sectors (Poonch) and Sunderbani sector (Rajouri) on Thursday.

Since surgical strikes by army on terror launch pads in PoK on 28-29 September, five Indians, including four security personnel, have been killed and 34 injured in ceasefire

On 21 October, BSF killed seven Pak rangers and a terrorist opposite to Hiranagar sector along In in Kathua, in which one BSF jawan was injured.

On 25 October, at least two-three Pakistani army men are believed to have been killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Oct 28, 2016 11:27 AM

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