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India, Pak troops trade fire in Rajouri sector; schools shut

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Jammu, Dec 24: Indian and Pakistani troops Monday traded fire and shells along the LoC in Rajouri district, following which authorities ordered closure of all schools as a precautionary measure.

The firing and shelling from across the border started in Keri, Lam, Pukharni and Peer Badaser areas of Noushera sector around 9.30 am, a police officer said.

There was no immediate report of any casualty, the officer said.

In the wake of intense firing and shelling which continued intermittently for over five hours, the authorities ordered the closure of all schools within five-km radius for the safety and security of the students and to avoid any untoward incident, he added.

Officials said the latest hostilities sparked panic among the border residents but there was no report of migration from the area.

There was a lull in the firing after 2.30 pm but the government forces are keeping tight vigil and patrolling has also been intensified “to scuttle any attempt by militants to infiltrate by taking advantage of the firing,” the officer said further.

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