Pakistan targets Jammu border on Diwali, BSF retaliates
Pakistan opened fire at the International Border on Saturday night and met with a strong response by the Border Security Force.Updated: Oct 30, 2016 13:22 IST
Pakistan opened fire at the International Border on Saturday night and met with a strong response by the Border Security Force.
“Last night at IB of Jammu, firing started from Pakistani side at 9.15pm in RS Pura Sector and continued intermittently till 3am on Sunday. It was fire of small arms as well as mortars shells in small quantity but not effective. BSF retaliated appropriately,” said BSF Jammu Frontier DIG Dharmender Pareekh.
He said around 2am Pakistan also started firing with small arms and mortars in intervals in Hiranagar and Samba sub-sectors, and the intermittent firing continued till 6am.
No loss of life or injuries were reported on the Indian side. There are apprehensions that Pakistan may target villages on the Indian side to spoil Diwali festivities.
On Saturday, the army said it destroyed four Pakistani posts across the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
The Indian strike is seen as a retaliation to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in the Keran sector earlier in the day, in which one BSF jawan and a civilian woman were injured.
The de-facto border with Pakistan has remained tense since a militant attack on an army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September left 19 soldiers dead.