HOURS AFTER three Army personnel were injured during night-long mortar shelling in Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor on Tuesday night, Pakistani troops resumed mortar shelling after a 12-hour lull at nearly 10 places in Akhnoor, Sunderbani and Mendhar sectors of Jammu division Wednesday evening, according to an Army spokesperson.
Indian and Pakistani soldiers also exchanged fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector.
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The Pakistani forces started using mortars, automatics and small arms from 5 pm, defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said here Wednesday, adding that Indian forces retaliated.
Mehta said there had been no casualty or damage on the Indian side till reports last came in.
Sources said the situation was “live” along the entire LoC in Pallanwala area of Akhnoor as Pakistani troops targeted more than half-a-dozen places on the Indian side.
They also fired mortars and used automatic weapons along the LoC in Sunderbani area of Rajouri district and Balnoi in Poonch district, according to information.
The night-long shelling in Pallanwala, Naushera and Krishna Ghati areas had stopped in the early hours of Wednesday.
Pakistani troops have resorted to unprovoked firing on the Indian side along the LoC at frequent intervals almost every day since the Army’s Special Forces carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control on September 29.
The International Border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, however, continues to remain peaceful.
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