Pakistan claims death of two teens as India, Pak troops exchange fire

Pakistan on Monday claimed that two teenagers were killed while another one  was injured as Indian troops resorted to heavy firing along the border.

As per media reports Pakistan claimed that two teenagers were killed and another was injured when Indian troops resorted to “unprovoked shelling” across the LoC early today. The casualties occurred in Tatta Pani sector of southern Kotli district of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK). The identities of the deceased have been revealed as Asad and Waqar, while another  teenager, Shabaz, was critically injured.

The firing along the borders continued unabated amid the escalation in the infiltration attempts from across the border. Border Security Force (BSF) personnel said that the Pakistani Rangers carried out indiscriminate firing on Indian positions on the international border in Samba district around noon on Sunday while Pakistani troops violated the LoC ceasefire in Rajouri district in the evening, officials said.

According to BSF officials Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing at positions in Ramgarh sector. “Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire without any provocation when BSF troopers were busy with ground clearance. They used small arms, automatics and mortars,’’ said a senior BSF official. He said that the BSF troopers retaliated effectively and after the intermittent exchanges continued for nearly two hours, the firing stopped.

Splinters hit some houses close to the border creating panic in the area. Many civilians were seen running away from the line of fire in the area as people in other places remained huddled inside their homes.

Meanwhile, a defence spokesman in Jammu said Pakistani troops began firing on Indian positions in Nowshera sector of the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri at around 6.40 pm. Indian troops returned the fire and exchange of fire was continuing in the area as of 7.30 pm, he added.

The firing along the border has continued even as the increasing number of militants are trying to sneak into the Indian side. Six  militants were earlier killed after Army foiled an infiltration bid  at Uri as they were trying to sneak into this side.

The Army has stepped up the vigil and the combing operations. Indian Army launched a punitive strike on 9 May and destroyed two Pakistan army bunkers across the LoC. On 23 May, the army also released a video of the military action that showed heavy artillery destroying bunkers and shelters. Since then the incidents of cross border skirmishes have only intensified.

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