Civilian killed as Indo-Pak armies clash on border

Jammu: A civilian has been killed in a fresh exchange of fire between the Indo-Pak armies in the Pargwal sector along the International Border in Jammu.

Pakistani troops targeted 12 border out posts (BoPs) by resorting to firing and mortar shelling along the International Border in Jammu district, officials said. The Border Security Force retaliated resulting in exchange of fire, which was still going on when last reports came.

A BSF spokesman said, “Pakistani Rangers resorted to firing of small arms and mortar shells on BoPs along IB in Kanachak and Pargwal sectors of Jammu district from 0540 hours”.

They targeted 12 BoPs along IB in these sectors, he said.

As per reports, some mortar shells also landed in civilian areas triggering panic in Kanachak and Pargwal forward areas. A civilian, whose identity could not be ascertained, has died in the exchange of fire.

According to the officials, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire four times on August 2 and 3,by resorting to small arms firing in forward posts along LoC in Krishnagati, Mandi, Balakote and Pallanwala sectors of Poonch and Jammu districts. On August 1, the officials said there were two ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops
Pakistani Rangers resorted to firing of mortar bombs on border out posts along the International Border in R S Pura sector in Jammu district on Saturday night.

Pakistani Rangers also violated the ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing and mortar shelling on 3 BoPs along the IB in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district yesterday, they said.

There have been 18 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border in July in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured. (PTI)