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BSF jawan among two injured in Pak shelling along IB in Samba-Kathua region

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

A BSF jawan was among two persons injured when Rangers opened fire and lobbed mortars at over 15 Border Out Posts and some civilian areas along the International Border in and districts of Jammu and Kashmir, an said today.

The firing and mortar shelling along the IB in district started around 2 am, while it started at around 10 PM last night in Kathua's Hiranagar sector, a told

BSF troops guarding the borderline retaliated and the exchange of fire was going on when reports last came in, the said.

Schools in five km area along the IB have been closed by authorities in the wake of the shelling, officials said.

Giving details, the said, Rangers violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy and unprovoked mortar shelling and firing along the IB on 10 to 15 BoPs in and districts since last night.

In the exchanges, a BSF jawan suffered and has been hospitalised.

While one BSF jawan suffered in Samba, another civilian suffered in Hiranagar sector of district, police said.

The areas hit in the cross border firing and shelling included Regal, Chalyari, Chachwal, Maguchak, Suchetgarh, Bobiya, Londi, Karol Katav, Manyari, Chann Lal Din of twin districts.

Authorities have activated safe shelters and other facilities and have alerted police for evacuation in case of escalation in the exchanges of shelling and firing.

On May 15, a 28-year-old BSF jawan was killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by opening fire on forward posts to help infiltrators cross the International Border (IB) in Samba sector. Troops also foiled four infiltration bids along the IB since Sunday.

The BSF jawan's death took the number of persons killed in over 700 incidents of Pakistani shelling along the IB and Line of Control (LoC) in the State to 33, the highest this year. The deceased included 17 security personnel.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 14:55 IST