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Five killed, 10 injured in Pakistani shelling in Jammu district

IANS  |  Jammu 

Five people, including four civilians and a BSF trooper, were killed and 10 others injured on Friday in Pakistani shelling and firing on the international border in district, officials said.

Police said the five, including Sitaram Upadhyay, were killed by the Rangers in R.S. Pura, Arnia and Bishnah sectors.

The civilian dead included a 45-year-old woman and three males.

"Ten others, including an of BSF, have been injured and they are being treated in hospital," a said.

He said that an evacuation of civilians from the affected areas was on because intermittent firing exchanges were going on between the Indian and Pakistani sides.

and expressed grief over the killings at a time when the has announced a ceasefire in the state.

The tweeted: "Continued firing on the border in is cause of and worry. Sad that while our country took the lead in starting peace initiatives with cessation of operations during Ramzan, has shown no respect whatsoever for this holy month."

In another comment, she said: "will have to reciprocate and contribute to efforts for lasting peace. Everyone must realise that violence is a zero sum game. My deepest condolences to families of the victims."

Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling on the international border in Jammu's R.S. Pura, Bishnah and Arnia sectors beginning at 1 a.m. on Friday, sources in the BSF said.

"posted at the Jabowal border outpost was injured. He was being shifted to hospital but succumbed to his en route," a BSF said.

"An also sustained in the Pakistani shelling on the Pittal border outpost," the said.

The BSF retaliated strongly and effectively at all these places.

The police said bullet-proof vehicles were being used to evacuate civilians from areas close to the border.

The ceasefire violation by Pakistan continued for the third consecutive day on Friday. During the last two days, the Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire in Kathua and Samba districts.

The escalation of tensions on the international border in the state comes a day before starts his two-day visit to the state on Saturday.



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 16:04 IST