Pak shells 10 border outposts in J&K, 2 personnel injured

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Jammu, 21 Oct (PTI): Pakistani troops shelled mortars and opened heavy fire on 10 Border Outposts (BoP) along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, leaving two security personnel injured.

BSF officers said that Pakistani Rangers fired from automatic weapons at BoP forward areas along the IB in RS Pura, Ramgarh, Kanachak, Arnia and Checkineck forward areas of Jammu and Samba districts throughout the night. A BSF jawan and a Special Police Officer (SPO) were injured in Kandi-Arnia and Kanachak belts, they said.The Pak Rangers also shelled civilian hamlets along the Indo-Pak border, triggering panic. BSF troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan took positions and retaliated, resulting in exchanges which continued till this morning.

“They are firing round-the-clock on our posts and patrolling persons to inflict casualties,” an injured BSF jawan said at GMC hospital.

The mortar shelling could be heard throughout the night in the outskirts of Jammu city. There was firing and shelling on eight posts in RS Pura forward area along the international border in Jammu district on 20 October 20.

There has continuous and daily firing along the 190-km-long international border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua sectors, besides LOC areas in Poonch since 14 August. There were nearly 140 ceasefire violations reported this year, the highest in the last eight years.

In the backdrop of the increased ceasefire violations, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will visit forward areas along the border to review the security situation on 22 October.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that the Centre will have to look at other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire.


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