Guns rattle LoC in Gurez, Poonch

Guns rattle LoC in Gurez, Poonch

Bandipora: Panic gripped villagers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district as armies of India and Pakistan exchanged fire on Friday.
Officials said that the Pakistan army initiated an “unprovoked ceasefire violation” this morning along the Line of control in Bagtore area by firing mortars and other weapons.
The Indian Army gave a “befitting reply to the fire” as per an official.
Locals said that the exchange of fire triggered panic near villages along the LoC and some residents from the area were shifted to safer places.
They added that cross-LoC shelling started at 11 am.
An official said that no loss of life was reported so far.
This was the second incident of shelling in the last four days in Gurez.
Last Tuesday, the Army said it recovered arms and ammunition during a counter-infiltration operation in Budhab area.
In Poonch, Pakistan army continued ceasefire violations for the second consecutive day by resorting to heavy firing and mortar shelling in forward areas along LoC.
Indian Army retaliated befittingly to the Pakistani aggression, they added.
“At about 1630 hours today, Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Balakote sector,” a defence spokesman said.
Pakistan troops have violated the ceasefire agreement 31 times so far this month.
On Thursday, an Indian Army soldier was injured in Pakistani firing in Balakote sector.
An army personnel was killed and two others, including an officer, injured on Tuesday as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by using heavy fire and mortar shells along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, according to officials.
On September 2, a JCO was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Keri sector of Rajouri. PTI and KNO

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