Ceasefire violations by Pakistan have been reported in multiple places in Jammu and Kashmir. Photograph: (AFP)
India's Border Security Force says at least 15 Pakistan Rangers have been killed in retaliatory firing in a week
Two civilians were killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces across the Line of Control (LoC) in India's Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. A terrorist also mutilated the body of an Indian soldier after an encounter in the state's Kupwara district before fleeing to Pakistan-administered-Kashmir, the Indian Army said in a statement.
In Kupwara's Machhal sector, the terrorist killed an Indian soldier and mutilated his body before fleeing to Pakistan-administered Kashmir under the cover of fire from Pakistan Army posts, the Indian Army said.
"This barbarism is a true reflection which pervades official and non-official organisation across the border. The incident will be responded to appropriately,” the Army said.
Multiple incidents of unprovoked shelling have been reported by India for the third day in a row on Friday. Ceasefire violations by Pakistan were reported in the state's RS Pura, Nowshera, Balakot, Pallanwala, Hiranagar and Abdullian sectors.
India's Border Security Force (BSF), meanwhile, said on Friday least 15 Pakistan Rangers were killed in retaliatory firing by Indian forces in the past one week, PTI reported.
One civilian died in Khour belt of Pallanwala sector today," Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh told PTI.
A 50-year-old woman, Usma Bi, was killed in shelling by Pakistan in a village in Poonch district today, a defence spokesperson told PTI.
In RS Pura and Abdullian, a civilian each were injured in the ceasefire violation.
Terrorists also hurled a grenade at a police patrolling party in the Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.
Heavy shelling by Pakistan began early morning and continued through the day in Nowshera. Local residents there told ANI about living in "constant fear" as the heavy shelling and ceasefire violations continue.
Security forces recovered arms and ammunition from Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists in Baramulla on Friday.
A Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist was also arrested from the state's Kulgam district during search operations, Sridhar Patil, a senior government official from the district told ANI.
Pakistan Army backing Rangers: BSF
BSF Additional Director General Arun Kumar told PTI that an examination of the ammunition showed that the Pakistani Army was backing the Rangers and had taken over the posts of paramilitary force.
"They (Pakistani side) are resorting to heavy firing and shelling and we are giving them befitting reply," Kumar said while paying his last respects to the BSF soldier, Jitendra Singh, who was martyred.
He said BSF had killed 15 Pakistan Rangers in the last week.
"As far the number of casualities on other side is concerned, which our men have seen through our eyes and instruments, 15 Pakistani soldiers have been killed after the sniping incident of Constable Gurnam Singh (on October 21)," he said.
"They (Pakistani side) have suffered damage but are hiding them in public domain and they do not accept it. Last night we have destroyed their OP (observation post) towers and some OP towers caught fire due to our firing," Kumar added.
On Thursday, a BSF jawan was killed and six civilians injured after heavy shelling by Pakistan in RS Pura sector.
BSF, which primarily guards the International Border with Pakistan, said it had also foiled two infiltration bids in Samba district two days back.
Unprovoked shelling by Pakistan has escalated after India carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launchpads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on September 29.
(WION with inputs from agencies)