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2-3 Pakistani soldiers killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops: Army

india Updated: Oct 25, 2016 19:57 IST
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In this file photo, BSF soldiers patrol along a border fence at an outpost along the LoC between India-Pakistan at Abdulian, some 38 kms southwest of Jammu.(AFP)

At least two-three Pakistani armymen are believed to have been killed on Tuesday in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district, an official said.

Six female members of a family were also injured in R S Pura sector of Jammu district in cross-border shelling.

Heavy exchange of fire, involving use of 82 mm and 120 mm mortar shells besides small arms, was still on in the evening after it started at around 10am.

“From 10 am, Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Noushera sector of Rajouri district by targeting our positions with mortar bombs and small arms fire,” an army officer said.

The Indian Army gave a “befitting response” to the ceasefire violation from the Pakistani side , he added.

“We have inputs that two to three Pakistani soldiers have been killed in the retaliatory firing by our men,” an army officer told PTI in Jammu.

“The firing is still going on and our side is giving a befitting reply,” he said, adding there is no loss of life or injury on our side.

In Jammu district, six female members of a family were injured in Suchetgarh sector of R S Pura along the International Border after a mortar shell fired by the Pakistan Rangers exploded in their house this evening.

“They are being given first aid at RS Pura hospital after which they will be shifted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here shortly,” Deputy Commissioner (Jammu) Simrandeep Singh said.

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