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India, Pak troops trade fire, shells along LoC

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Jammu, Feb 25: Pakistan army Tuesday resorted to heavy mortar shelling on 55 forward areas in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts after IAF jets struck a JeM camp across the LoC, Army sources said.

“The Pakistan army used heavy weaponry, firing 120 mm mortars targeting civilian hamlets and forward posts since 1730 hours Tuesday,” an army officer told PTI.

They fired from small, automatic and heavy weaponry in Krishna Gati, Balakote, Khari Karmara, Mankote, Tarkundi (Poonch district), Kalal, Baba Khori, Kalsian, Laam and Jhangar areas (Rajouri) and Pallanwala and Laleali (Jammu), the officer added.

There was no injury or loss of life in the ceasefire violations, the officer said, adding that Indian troops gave a “befitting reply” to the firing.

According to officials, “more than a dozen ceasefire violations took place on Tuesday”– the fourth consecutive day of Pakistan shelling and firing on Indian posts.

Panic has gripped the border areas and some locals have left their homes and moved to safer areas, reports said.

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