Two soldiers injured in cross-LoC shelling in Poonch, Rajouri
Jammu, Feb 27: Two BSF soldiers were injured today in continued cross-LoC firing and shelling between Indian and Pakistani troops in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
"Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortar bombs from 0850 hours today in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector along LoC (in Poonch district)," a defence spokesman said, adding that the Indian Army is “retaliating strongly and effectively to the ceasefire violation”.
Pakistan troops also fired mortars along the LoC in Tarkundi Gali, Lambi Bari, Khorinar, Dhar and Panjgrian areas of Manjakote sector of Rajouri since this morning, District Collector Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.
Two BSF personnel sustained minor injuries, a BSF officer said.
A cattle-shed was also damaged in the shelling in Manjakote, the DC said, adding there was no injury to any civilian.
Schools in the affected areas along the LoC in Rajouri district have been closed as a precautionary measure.
Skirmishes along the LoC and international border in Jammu and Kashmir have left 21 persons including 12 security personnel dead and over 80 others, mostly civilians, injured this year.
While there were no ceasefire violations by Pakistan reported along the IB since January 22, intermittent shelling has taken place along the LoC.