Seven Pakistani rangers and a terrorist were killed in a retaliatory firing by the Border Security Force after Pakistani troops violated ceasefire for the fourth consecutive day along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Hira Nagar in which one BSF jawan was injured.

Seeking to suggest that the killings had been corroborated by Pakistani media, the BSF said "source input" claimed that a media organisation in that country was running a news item about death of 5 Rangers.

The strong response by the BSF came after one of Constables Gurnam Singh was injured in a sniper fire attack by Pakistani Rangers this morning in the same area.

Singh, whose condition is considered to be critical, was evacuated with the cover fire to Government Medical College, Jammu.

Source: PTI

Earlier on Thursday, security forces foiled a major infiltration bid by a group of six militants along the LoC in Kathua district of J&K. Pakistani troops used small arms, automatic weapons and 82 mm mortars bombs to target Indian positions, a BSF official said.

With this, the number of ceasefire violations along the IB and the LoC in the state after surgical strikes by the Indian Army in PoK has risen to 31.

Indian and Pakistani forces are exchanging fire for past four days in the sector. Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire five times in past four days.

Mortar shells fired from across the LOC by Pakistan in village Panjgrain, Rajouri district in Jammu on Thursday/ Source: PTI

Pakistani troops had yesterday heavily shelled areas in Bhimber Gali sector along the LoC in Rajouri district. Meanwhile, Pakistan Army said Pakistani and Indian troops today exchanged fire across the working boundary.

(With PTI inputs)