Firing returns along LoC in Kupwara

BARAMULLA: A day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that situation along LoC can escalate, firing erupted again on Thursday after a brief clam of two days in Tangdar Kupwara area again.
India and Pakistan forces along LoC targeted each other with exchange of fire continuing till evening, locals said.
Even though this time most of the firing was confined to forest areas, panicked residents moved to safer places in the vicinity.
Station House Office of Police Station Tangdar Waseem Ahmad confirmed the exchange of firing in the area saying that there was no loss of life or property reported during the firing.
During the recent months the exchange of firing has become common along LoC in Kupwara.
Early this week, an army soldier was killed along LoC in Gurez during exchange of firing.
Meanwhile, Pakistani troops on Thursday violated ceasefire by firing small arms and shelling mortar bombs on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesperson said.
The firing from across the border in Mankote sector was retaliated befittingly by the Indian Army, he said, adding there was no immediate report of any casualty on the Indian side.
“At about 7.15 am, Pakistan initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars,” the spokesperson said.
He said the cross-border firing was going on when last reports were received.
—With PTI inputs.

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