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Heavy shelling kills BSF jawan

A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed in shelling by Pakistan along the India-Pakistan border in Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Monday. After a day-long lull, Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire again by targeting border posts in Kathua and Samba, drawing retaliation from the BSF. “Pakistani Rangers resorted to ceasefire violation and opened small arms firing in one post in Samba district and two areas in Kathua district late last (Sunday) night,” said officials.

There was firing on Bobiyan and Pansar forward areas along International Border in Kathua district, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Kathua deputy commissioner said. In Samba district, there were two rounds of small arms firing on Ballard post in Ramgarh sub-sector, Samba SSP Anil Magotra said.

BSF troops retaliated to Pakistani firing, the officials said. However, residents of border villages continue to leave for safer areas in view of the latest round of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

On New Year’s eve, Pakistani firing had left two persons dead, including a BSF jawan, and nine injured while five Pakistani Rangers were killed in retaliatory firing by India. On January 3, two army jawans and a woman were killed in cross-border firing.

There was no firing by Pakistan Rangers from the night of January 3 till January 4 evening.
 
Over 3,500 people have migrated from border villages in Samba and Kathua districts in the wake of renewed hostilities between  the nuclear-armed rivals. Around 2,500 people have migrated from 11 villages in Kathua after shelling from across international border. As many as 1,800 people are in relief camps.

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