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BSF officer among 3 injured in cross-LoC firing in Poonch

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Jammu, May 06: A BSF officer and two civilians were injured as Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and small arms firing targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Monday, officials said.

“Pakistan violated ceasefire for the second consecutive day Monday by resorting to heavy mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch district,” they said.

Following renewed tensions, the authorities in the state had ordered closure of schools falling along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts Monday, the officials said.

In Mankote, a sub-inspector of the Border Security Force was injured in shelling by Pakistan troops, the officials said.

The officer was hospitalised and he is stable, they added.

Two civilians – Maqsood Ahmed and Ashiq Hussain – were also injured in the shelling, which continued throughout the night, the officials said.

Due to the intense firing, a fire broke out in a forest area along the LoC, the officials said.

On Sunday, a colonel-rank officer was injured in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Pakistani shelling, while a 25-year-old porter suffered splinter injuries when a mortar shell exploded near him in Keri sector of Rajouri district, they said.

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