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Pakistan targets villages with heavy mortar firing

Pakistani troops targeted over 60 hamlets and scores of border posts in heavy overnight shelling in Kathua and Samba districts in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, with mortar bombs landing deep inside Indian territory.

Nearly 10,000 people have fled from border villages after the latest round of ceasefire violations by Pakistan which has left four jawans and a woman dead since New Year eve while five Pakistani rangers were killed in retaliatory firing by India.

Fifty villages and many border posts were targeted in Kathua up to 2300 hours on Monday and the shelling resumed around 0400 hours on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Kathua Shahid Iqbal Choudhary told PTI, adding it was so strong that mortar shells landed about four kilometres inside the Indian territory.

The 82mm mortar shells landed in Sherpur, Chakra, Lachipur and Londi areas of Hiranagar sector, which are located deep inside Indian territory, he said.

BSF troops also retaliated resulting in exchanges till 0700 hours on Tuesday, the DC said.

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