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India, Pak troops trade fire along IB in Kathua, LoC in Poonch

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Jammu : Pakistani Rangers resorted to firing on forward posts and villages along the International Border (IB) in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district, police said on Tuesday.

The firing from across the border started in Karol border outpost area around 10.50 am, drawing a strong retaliation by the Border Security Force (BSF), a police officer said.

He said the cross-border firing between the two sides continued throughout the night and ended at around 4.30 am.

There was no report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing, the official said.

They also said the Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Monday, prompting a befitting reply from the Indian side.

The Pakistani troopers carried out attacks on forward posts with guided missiles, they added.

“At about 2030 hours today, the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mankote sector of Poonch district,” a defence spokesman said.

The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, he added.

They said over half a dozen villages in forward areas were hit by the overnight shelling, resulting in partial damage to two houses.

Due to the overnight shelling, panic-stricken people in border areas spent the whole night in bunkers and other safe places, the officials added.

Meanwhile, the officials said Indian army defused an unexploded mortar shell fired by Pakistan during ceasefire violations near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kalal area of Rajouri district.

The shell was noticed lying in an open area and was subsequently defused by the experts of the army’s bomb disposal squad, they said.

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