Published On: Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017

Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K, two BSF troopers, five civilians injured

Jammu: Two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers and five civilians were injured when Pakistan Rangers resorted to heavy shelling on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir targeting Indian border outposts and hamlets in Jammu, Samba and Poonch districts, police said on Saturday.

Residents of the border villages have also started moving to safer places

In Ramgarh sector in Samba, two BSF jawans suffered minor injuries in Pakistani firing, the officials said.

Pakistan also engaged in heavy firing and shelling in Poonch sector along the LoC on Friday evening. An eight-year-old boy was injured in the firing, the police said.

“The Pakistan Rangers used mortars, automatics and small arms to target over half a dozen BSF posts and civilian areas in the firing that started at 10 pm. Our troops effectively retaliated,” said the police.

Villagers in the areas close to the international border said their crops have suffered extensive damage due to the shelling.

Residents of the border villages have also started moving to safer places.

Over 20,000 people have also fled their homes and hearths in Arnia and RS Pura sectors in the past few days.

Firing and shelling resumed on September 21 after a two-day lull, said the police official.


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