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J&K: Four Pak rangers killed in retaliatory BSF firing

Four Pakistani rangers were killed in BSF’s strong retaliaton after a jawan of the force lost his life in heavy firing from the other side on a patrol today along the International Border in J&K’s Samba district.

The retaliation which forced the rangers to wave white flags came on a day when the government asked the Border Security Force(BSF) to provide a “suitable and appropriate reply” for any unprovoked firing from across the Indo-Pakistan border.

Wednesday’s firing by Pakistan in which one jawan was also injured was the second ceasefire violation along the IB in the past 24 hours.

“We have retaliated effectively to the Pakistani firing, in which four Pakistani rangers have been killed (opposite to Regal post) along the IB in Samba sector this evening,” Inspector General (IG) BSF, Jammu Frontier Rakesh Sharma told PTI in Jammu.

As Pakistani rangers suffered casualties, they waved white flags asking BSF to stop the firing so that they can lift the bodies of its dead men, he said.  “Honouring their request we stopped the firing and allowed them to come to the border line and lift the bodies,” he said adding, “firing along the border line has now stopped”.

Pakistan Rangers targetted a BSF patrol party by resorting to firing along the IB in Samba district.

There was heavy firing by Pakistan on a patrolling party of BSF along the IB in Suchtegarh forward belt in Samba sector, IG BSF, Jammu Frontier Rakesh Sharam said.

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