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Pakistani troops attack 14 Indian posts, civilian areas

There was firing and shelling of mortar bombs on 14 forward posts and civilians areas in RS Pura, Pargwal, Samba, Hiranagar and Jagnockah border belts along the internation border (IB) in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts during the night, police officials said on Saturday.

Pakistani troops fired 82mm mortars which landed in civilian areas in R S Pura, triggering panic among border dwellers, they said. In Nikowal border belt, two BSF jawans sustained minor splinter injuries, they said.

BSF troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan, took positions and retaliated effectively resulting in exchanges which stopped this morning, they said.

Nine persons, including five civilians have been injured in Pakistan firing and shelling in the past 24 hours. In the backdrop of the increased ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde is visiting forward areas along the IB to review the security situation on 22 October.

Pakistan Rangers had on Friday resorted to unprovoked firing on 10 BoPs and forward civilian areas along IB in R S Pura, Pargwal, Samba areas of Jammu and Samba districts.In Nikowal BoP, two BSF constables Gangan Thakur and Hasda were injured. Pakistani troops have been repeatedly violating the ceasefire.

On 17 October, Pakistan army had pounded civilian areas along IB in Najwal-Pargwal belt of Jammu resulting in injuries to five persons, including 3 children, in Jammu district, prompting retaliation from Indian troops.
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