Border firing kills woman, havaldar in Uri sector

Baramulla: A soldier and a woman were killed in trans LoC firing in Kamalkote area of Uri on Saturday evening.
The Indian side blamed the Pakistani troops for violating the ceasefire and resorting to firing that killed Gulshan Bano, 20, daughter of Mohammad Rafiq Bati of Kalsar, Kamalkote.
General Officer Commanding of 19 Infantry Division Anil Chauhan said a havaldar of Madras Regiment was also killed in the fire.
Panic gripped the entire Uri sector after the death, with the people shifting to basements and safer places.
A senior police officer, requesting anonymity, said the Indian side also shelled Pakistani posts after the other side targetted Indian posts in Gohalen area of Uri.
The two neighbors have been exchanging fire on the LoC for the past few months triggering migration in border villages especially in Jammu region.
Exchanges of sporadic fire are common along the de facto border dividing the region, despite a ceasefire pact signed in 2003. But the extent and intensity of the latest violence and the number of civilian deaths is unusual.
New Delhi has taken a strong exception to what it called a cease-fire violation by Pakistan. However, Islamabad has accused New Delhi of creating an ugly situation along the LoC to hoodwink international opinion.
The firing has caused loss of human life on the both sides of the border. The continued firing has evoked a reaction from the UN Chief as well. In a statement issued last month he offered a mediation between the two countries.

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