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Pak targets Indian posts along Poonch, Samba

PTI  Jammu, October 16, 2013
First Published: 21:14 IST(16/10/2013) | Last Updated: 21:16 IST(16/10/2013)

Pakistan Army on Wednesday opened fire at Indian forward posts along the LoC in two separate sectors of Poonch and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir, in fresh incidents of ceasefire violation.

The latest ceasefire violations -- the tenth and eleventh in less than a week -- has come a day after an Army jawan was killed when Pakistani troops opened fire at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.

In the first ceasfire violation today, the Pakistani Army resorted to firing of automatic and small arms, besides mortars in Krishnagati and Bhimbhergali sub-sectors of Poonch from 10.40am, a defence spokesman said.

Indian troops guarding the border took positions and retaliated strongly with equal calibre weapons, triggering exchanges which are still going on intermittently, he said.

"There has been no loss of life, and injury to anyone in the firing and shelling by Pakistan along LoC on this side," the spokesman said.

The Pakistani Rangers also resorted to firing of small arms on Mangu Chak and Khatav border outposts in Samba district at 6.30am on Wednesday, a BSF spokesperson said.

The BSF troops retaliated to the firing in a calibrated manner, which resulted in exchange of fire till 1pm on Wednesday, he said adding that there was no loss of life reported.

Wednesday's incidents are the tenth and eleventh in a series of ceasefire violations starting from October 10.

Three incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army were reported yesterday along the border in Poonch and Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

An Army Jawan had died in last evening's firing in Poonch after he was hit by a mortar shell.

In Uri, Pakistan Army had indulged in 'unprovoked' shelling along the LoC last evening but there were no reports of any one getting injured in the incident.

The ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir have been on the rise in 2013.

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