Two persons were killed and 16 others injured when Pakistani Rangers heavily shelled civilian areas and Army posts along the International Border (IB) in R S Pura and Arnia sectors of Jammu district on Friday, drawing retaliation from the BSF.

“Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing. Initially small arms were used but later on mortar bombs were shelled on BSF posts and civilian areas in R S Pura and Arnia sectors since midnight”, a BSF spokesman said.

The Pakistani troops fired mortar bombs and used automatic weapons in the firing. The shelling was so heavy that the shells landed deep inside villages much away from IB.

Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said two persons are dead and 16 others were injured. He said there were reports that another person has also been killed in the firing.

However, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal said that three persons were killed in the firing. BSF troops guarding the border retaliated resulting in heavy exchanges which are going on when the reports last came in from the area, they said.

“Undeterred and resolute BSF troops deployed in these forward post areas gave a befitting reply and fired on the forward areas of Pakistan along the Line of Control, reportedly, causing damage to them”, the officer said.

“No damage and casualty to BSF troops on own side has been reported till the last reports came in”, he added. There have been 55 violations of the border ceasefire agreement of 2003 by Pakistan in August and over 245 ceasefire violations during the year so far.

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