J&K: 3 killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

A resident of the border area in Jammu and Kashmir's RS Pura sector flees as Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire on January 20. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir Jan 20, 2018, 05.36 AM (IST)

Two civilians were killed and two other people, including a soldier of the Border Security Force (BSF), were injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan for the third consecutive day today in three districts of Jammu and Kashmir along the International Border (IB), officials said.

A 23-year-old army soldier, Sepoy Mandeep Singh, was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border that divides India and Pakistan, ANI reported.

A BSF officer told PTI that Pakistan Rangers targeted villages along the IB from Chenab river (Akhnoor) to RS Pura throughout the night in heavy unprovoked shelling and firing.

The BSF jawan was injured in the heavy firing and shelling in Pargwal sector and was later hospitalised, the BSF officer said.

The firing and shelling were still underway when the reports last came in this morning, he said.

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The officer said Pakistan was targeting civilian villages to cause death and destruction and added that the BSF was giving them a befitting reply.

Pakistan Rangers continued to fire and launch shells along the IB in Arnia, Ramgarh, Samba and Hiranagar sectors till 5 am, a police official said.

Two people were injured in Kanachak sector of Akhnoor, and a girl sustained minor splinter injuries, the official said.

After the heightened tension along the India-Pakistan border, educational institutes have been closed for next three days along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region by authorities, officials said.

Between 8,000 to 9,000 people living along the IB migrated to safer places and most of them were living with their relatives, the official said.

Over 1,000 people are housed in camps in RS Pura, Samba and Kathua areas, he said.

Two security forces soldiers and as many civilians were killed and 35 others injured in mortar shelling by the Pakistani troops along the International Border and the LoC in four districts yesterday, officials said.

(With inputs from agencies)
 

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Two civilians and a 23-year-old army soldier were killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan at the International Border and the Line of Control