Pak firing, India retaliates, kills five

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Jammu: In a major ceasefire violation over the last two days, six civilians were injured when Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy shelling along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba and Khatua districts forcing villagers to leave their homes and move to safety.
The latest ceasefire violations started on the night of New Year eve which left a BSF jawan dead and one injured. BSF retaliated with heavy firing killing 5 Pakistani Rangers in the crossfire.
According to BSF Inspector General Rakesh Sharma, “Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked heavy firing and mortar shelling on posts and civilian areas along the International border in Samba and Khatua districts since 2130 hours last night.”
Police said that two critically injured villagers have been shifted to Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu. Senior officials have rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. Civilians along the border villages of Paansar, Bobia, Londi, Sadechak, Manyari, Mangu Chak, Chachwal, Chailari, Reegal, Mawa, ChakFakira and Sadho in both the districts have started fleeing their homes. Reports also claimed that five rangers have also been killed in BSF retaliation.
All Sarpanches and other Panchayaat members of the 57 bordering villages have been asked to communicate with the public regarding the safety measures and relief camps have also been set up for the displaced.

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