LoC flare up: BSF trooper killed in Samba


Srinagar: A Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire along the International Border (IB) in Jammu division’s Samba district on Thursday.

A defense official said that constable Tapan Mandal was seriously injured after Pakistan Rangers opened ‘unprovoked’ fire on a BSF patrol in Samba sector which was retaliated by BSF.

Police said that firing from Pakistan at Mangu Chack Post and Ghagwal areas of Samba resulted in injuries to Tapan Mandal of BSF. Police said that he was shifted to the hospital in a critical condition.

However, he succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital, the official said.

Pertinently, border skirmishes have continued throughout the month of October.

Notably, a minor girl was injured in Karmara sector of Poonch as India and Pakistani armies exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Tuesday.

On October 26, India and Pakistan exchanged fire along the Line of Control in Sher Shakti and Mandhar areas of Kerni sector.

Earlier on 13 October, an army jawan and a porter were killed in Krishnagati sector of Poonch when Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged fire at forward areas along the LoC.

Later on October 18, eight civilians, including a two-year-old child, were injured in the exchange of firing by the troops of India and Pakistan in the same sector.


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