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India, Pak troops trade fire along IB in Kathua

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Jammu, Jan 18: Indian and Pakistan troops traded fire along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district, officials said.

Pakistan Rangers resorted to small arms fire on border outposts (BoPs) in Hiranagar sector at around 11 am, they said, adding the BSF troops guarding the borderline, retaliated strongly.

On Thursday, a civilian was injured when Pakistani troops resorted to firing and mortar shelling along the Line of Control in Rajouri district, officials said.

Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had on Thursday said the Army was replying befittingly to the Pakistani aggression.

Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in the Jammu region for 13 days of this month, the officials said.

The year 2018 had witnessed the highest number -- 2936 -- of “ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops” in the last 15 years along the Indo-Pak border.

The continuous Pakistani shelling and firing targeting villages has set in fear psychosis among the border dwellers.

On Monday, Border Security Force (BSF) Assistant Commandant Vinay Prasad was killed in “sniper firing by Pakistan Rangers” along the IB in Hiranagar-Samba sector of Kathua district.

On the same day in another incident, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district.

On Sunday, an Army soldier was injured in firing along the LoC in Keri sector of Rajouri.

On Friday last, an Army porter was killed when Pakistani troops resorted to firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.

On the same day, an Army Major and a soldier were killed in an IED blast on the LoC in Laam sub-sector of Rajouri.

On Thursday last, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling in two sectors of Rajouri and Poonch resulting in injuries to an Army Major and a BSF soldier in the Tarkundi forward area of Balakote sector.

Pertinently, both India and Pakistan blame each-other for violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement.

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