India, Pakistan armies exchange heavy fire in Arnia, schools closed

The armies of India and Pakistan on Monday exchanged heavy fire and shelling along the international border in Jammu division for the fourth consecutive day.

According to the reports, Pakistani troops resorted to using 81 mm mortars, automatics, and small weapons to target the Indian positions in Arnia sub-sector.

“Heavy firing exchanges which started late Sunday continued till 5 am today (Monday). Border Security Force (BSF) troops were effectively retaliated,” said an official.

In the past four days, albeit nights, two persons, including a BSF jawan have died, a dozen injured and several animals including cattle were killed in the indiscriminate firing by Pakistan forces towards the residential areas in this town and its adjoining hamlets.

Meanwhile, authorities have closed all schools located near the International Border in Arnia area of Jammu district in view of cross-border firing.

An official said that all schools located within five-kilometers from the border will remain closed today in Arnia zone.

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