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Pak troops violate ceasefire again, no casualties

PTI  Poonch, August 20, 2013
First Published: 12:20 IST(20/8/2013) | Last Updated: 22:47 IST(20/8/2013)

In fresh incidents of ceasefire violations, Pakistani troops on Tuesday fired at Indian posts in Hamirpur and Mendhar along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.

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Indian soldiers guarding the border line retaliated strongly, sparking an exchange of fire, a defence spokesman said on Tuesday night.

The firing took place around 4pm and continued till 4.45pm, he said.

However, there was no loss of life or injury in the firing, the spokesman added. At around 8.30 this morning, Pakistani troops opened fire from automatic weapons and mortars in Hamirpur and Mendhar along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The troops of the neighbouring country had on Monday fired in the same area, leading to exchanges between the two sides.

They had earlier fired heavily on Indian posts in Hamirpur and Balakote border belts along the LoC in Poonch and also pounded civilian areas in Mankote and Mendhar belts.

This year, there have been 82 violations by Pakistan till August.

From August 6, there has been increase in frequency with over 20 violations taking place including the tragedy in which five soldiers were killed in Poonch by Pakistani troops.

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