India's Border Security Force kills 7 Pakistan Rangers, 1 terrorist amid crossfire?in Jammu and Kashmir
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel stand guard at the India-Pakistan Wagah border, some 35km from Amritsar, on October 5, 2016. Photograph: (AFP)
A terrorist and seven Pakistan Rangers were killed today by India's Border Security Forces (BSF) amid crossfire on the international border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir state in which one BSF personnel was injured, India's news agency PTI reported.
Pakistan Rangers, the border force of Pakistan, resorted to sniper attacks at Indian posts at Hira Nagar in Kathua at around 9.35 AM, BSF said in an official statement. A BSF constable Gurnam Singh was injured in the firing
An aggressive offensive was launched by the Indian border guarding forces against the Pakistani firing, the statement mentioned.
"In a befitting reply to a sniper attack of Pak Rangers at 9:35 this morning in Hira Nagar Sector of Jammu, BSF launched an offensive," BSF was quoted as saying by Indian news agency ANI.
In a befitting reply to a sniper attack of Pak Rangers at 9:35 this morning in Hira Nagar Sector of Jammu, BSF launched an offensive: BSF— ANI (@ANI_news) October 21, 2016
During intermittent firing of small arms and area weapon one militant and seven Rangers were shot dead: BSF— ANI (@ANI_news) October 21, 2016
Today in Hira Nagar Sector Pak Rangers injured one BSF trooper Constable Gurnam Singh, he was evacuated & his condition is critical: BSF— ANI (@ANI_news) October 21, 2016
Gave a befitting response, so they were rattled & fired again today morning: DK Upadhyay, IG BSF Jammu Range on 7 Pak Rangers killed pic.twitter.com/2FV6rnqAeu— ANI (@ANI_news) October 21, 2016
Singh, whose condition is considered to be critical, was evacuated with the cover fire to Government Medical College, Jammu, PTI reported.
This firing from Pakistan was effectively retaliated and that has claimed the casualties of Pakistani forces, the release said.
However, Pakistan Army has claimed that there was no loss of life on its side.
"Indians resorted to unprovoked fire/shelling on working boundary in Shakargarh sector today. Pak Rangers befittingly responded. No loss on Pak side," Director General Inter- Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted.
"Indian claim of hitting or killing any Pakistani soldier/Ranger with firing at anytime of today at LOC/working boundary absolutely false," he said.
(WION with inputs from agencies)