15 Pakistan Rangers killed in firing along border: India's Border Security Force

A Border Security Force team patrols a village in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district. Photograph:( Getty )

Jammu, India Oct 28, 2016, 08.31 AM (IST)

India's Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday said at least 15 Pakistani rangers were killed in retaliatory firing by Indian forces along the International Border.

The BSF also said they had foiled two infiltration bids yesterday and that Pakistani forces were pushing militants over onto their side of the border.

Pakistani troops continued cross-border firing and shelling on Friday of Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control and international border in Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts, Indian security forces said.

Cross-border firing had left a girl injured, the BSF added.

Pakistan, on the other hand, had said on Thursday that India was indulging in cross-border firing, killing two of its civilians on Wednesday, along with injuring another four.

Firing and shelling had continued overnight along the international border.

"Yesterday, then again today morning ceasefire violations are happening from Pakistan side. Indian side also responding befittingly. Heavy calibre weapons are being used by Pak. We are hitting them hard though," Manish Mehta, the public relations officer for BSF said.

On Thursday, a Pakistani Ranger was killed and another injured in the retaliatory firing by BSF, as Pakistani troops heavily shelled five sectors along LoC and international border in Jammu and Kashmir in which one BSF constable died and 13 other civilians were injured.

Since surgical strikes by army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir on September 28-29, five Indians, including four security personnel, have been killed and 34 injured in ceasefire violations.

On October 21, BSF killed seven Pak rangers and a militant opposite to Hiranagar sector along In in Kathua, in which one BSF constable was injured.

On October 25, at least two to three Pakistani armymen were  believed to have been killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district.

(WION with inputs from DNA)