Srinagar: Two civilians were killed and three injured in heavy shelling by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s R S Pura sector on Friday. The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have launched a retaliatory firing.
Two civilians, including a woman, were killed and three civilians were injured in the shelling, they said. While the woman died in Sai Khurda, the man died in Korotona in R S Pura-Arnia belt. A civilian was injured in Sai Khurd village while two others were injured in Ramgarh.
In view of the heavy shelling, over 1000 border dwellers have migrated from the area and schools along the borderline have been closed. “Pakistan Rangers resorted to heavy firing and shelling along the IB in several areas in R S Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors since 0640 hours”, a BSF officer said.
They targeted around 40 Border Out Posts (BoPs) in three sectors using 82 mm and 52 mortar bombs, automatic and small weapons, he said.
“The exchange of fire is going on when the reports last came in”, he said adding they have targeted BoPs and villages in over 35 kms of IB.
The ceasefire violation comes after a 17-year-old girl and a BSF Jawan were killed by the Pakistani troops in RS Pura sector on Wednesday. Three civilians also suffered injuries in the heavy firing and mortar shelling by Pakistan.
Two days ago, four Pakistani soldiers were killed by the Indian Army in the cross-border firing initiated by the neighbouring country in Poonch sector.