BSF says it killed seven Pak Rangers, one militant in cross-border firing

BSF says firing reply to sniper attack; casualty figure said to be based on chat intercepts.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/jammu | Updated: October 22, 2016 1:24 pm
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The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday said that seven Pakistan Rangers personnel and one militant were killed in retaliatory firing after one of its soldiers was critically injured by sniper fire from across the International Border in Jammu. Pakistan, however, denied any loss of life on its side during the firing.

“In a befitting reply to a sniper attack of Pak Rangers at 9.35 am in the Hira Nagar sector of the Jammu frontier, BSF launched an aggressive offensive. During intermittent firing of small arms and area weapons, one militant and seven Rangers were shot dead,” the BSF said in a statement.

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Sources said that the information about Pak casualties was based on chat intercepts by intelligence agencies that spoke of “seven-eight casualties”. The injured BSF personnel has been identified as Gurnam Singh of Magowali village in RS Pura tehsil. According to BSF, on the night of October 19-20, its troops foiled an infiltration bid in the vicinity of Bobiyan village within the Hira Nagar sector in Jammu.

Following this, sources said, there was unprovoked firing from the Pakistani side at the Hira Nagar, Akhnoor and Kathua sectors. “BSF retaliation to this fire claimed one militant’s life,” said the statement. “There were four instances of firing through the day in the three sectors. The BSF retaliated befittingly. It was during the retaliatory firing that the force managed to inflict casualties on Pakistan Rangers,” said a BSF officer.

The force now expects cross-border tension to escalate. “If their men have died, they will retaliate and we will return fire. Friday night could be busy,” said another BSF officer. The officer said that the force has communicated its apprehensions to the J&K government and asked it to prepare for the evacuation of people living on the border. “BSF is on high alert all along the International Boundary and ready to foil any infiltration attempt,” the BSF statement said.

However, Asim Bajwa, director general, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan, denied the BSF’s claims in two posts on his official Twitter account. “Indians resorted to unprovoked fire/shelling on working boundary in Shakargarh sector today. Pak Rangers befittingly responded. No loss on Pak side,” Bajwa tweeted. “Indian claim of hitting or killing any Pakistani soldier/Ranger with firing at anytime of today at LOC/working boundary absolutely false,” he wrote.

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First Published on: October 22, 2016 3:49 am
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    Kashif
    Oct 22, 2016 at 8:25 am
    Its again fake statement like surgical strikes . media is very strong now a days if Indians were unable to hide uri attack dead bodies of 19 soldiers how can pak hide 7 . so ur army and bsf including govt making Indian nation fool once again . my answer is not abusive to anyone just sharing the fact
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      Kt govindan
      Oct 22, 2016 at 10:02 am
      In military term "critically injured"means nothing but loss of life.after some time declared as dead. So defenitely the pak hit badly and after some time they confirm these critically injured are but loss their life.
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        Akshay Chandra
        Oct 22, 2016 at 9:01 am
        Indian don't want to hide uri attack done by s. we have courage to tell truth. you don't have dare to accept the truth
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          vijay
          Oct 22, 2016 at 4:48 am
          Hope the BSF does not have to send the dog tags of the dead stani Rangers to congress headquarters as proof of what really happened.
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            Raj
            Oct 22, 2016 at 11:12 am
            I think Indian Express has the most credibility amongst most Indian newspapers. Just wait for them to substantiate these claims. Personally, I think Indian authorities do not tell blatant lies like stani authorities, so they are trustworthy (until found otherwise). Look at Kargil, they admit intrusion but then they didn't even accept the bodies of stani soldiers! There is a trend towards this in stan. So, they lack credibility. 1965, 1971, 1999 - they have won all these wars according to their version of history.
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              Cyber m@n
              Oct 22, 2016 at 4:01 am
              Dream of an indiot....dewanay ka khawab
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                Kim Sharma
                Oct 22, 2016 at 12:08 pm
                India is falling apart from the border to the states and the process will continue as long as BJP and Modi are in power. Accidents and crimes were daily occurrences always, but never before did enemy firing/attack became a routine stuff in India.
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                  Ashok Mazumdar
                  Oct 23, 2016 at 2:16 am
                  700 killed, and sooner the figures stand revised to 70000, and before 2019 new revised figures to touch 700000 more than Pak surrendered soldiers after 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War
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                    Ashok Mazumdar
                    Oct 22, 2016 at 3:03 am
                    I think they were playing cards togather, when they got killed.
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                      Mayur Panghaal
                      Oct 22, 2016 at 6:56 am
                      Economic times today reported that bsf came to conclusion that 8 were killed based on 'pak media sources' .lt;br/gt;Feku has turned the entire country into a jumladia is under clear and present danger from these criminals.
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                        Mayur Panghaal
                        Oct 22, 2016 at 6:57 am
                        Read second page of economic times today.Its available online also.mumbai edition.If this sabotage and manition of defence forces is not stopped,india will be ruined by feku.
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                          Mohan
                          Oct 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm
                          A bullet to the head is always touch and go !
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                            Mohan
                            Oct 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                            Now the dog pack ( read anti-nationals who call for proof ) will be asking the lion ( read the Indian Armed Forces ) proof of how they hunted !
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                              Hari Pillai
                              Oct 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm
                              It is important that Indian forces realize that Muslim fundamentalist, learning from their counterparts in ISIS controlled areas, resort to digging tunnels and entering Indian territory un-noticed. And with infiltration of separatists into J andK, one cannot rule out possibility of tunnels not originating or ending in buildings in Indian side hidden from view,,,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is all the more difficult, but unfortunately tens of years headway given to the separatists have given them enough to dig deep in for the long haul.
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                                Vivek narain
                                Oct 22, 2016 at 3:12 am
                                Truth is stranger than fiction
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                                  Parth Garg
                                  Oct 22, 2016 at 8:31 am
                                  Our security forces can fight cross border terrorists but what about the local people and even policemen helping the enemy? It is for Mufti-BJP government that has to tackle this menace effectively.
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                                    Deep
                                    Oct 22, 2016 at 1:15 am
                                    Good job! Now can we try and build the kill ratio to 25:1.
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                                      prashantk kk
                                      Oct 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm
                                      in dreams.
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                                        Nishant
                                        Oct 22, 2016 at 2:35 am
                                        stani statements could be 100% true, as they may be terrorists in the dresses of rangers, a consequence of policy endorsed by ISI, but not in tune with political standing. It is a good signal, grewn flag to finish as many of terrorists as possible in the shortest time.
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                                          Nishant
                                          Oct 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm
                                          An utter mayhem on stan side by our forces is urgently needed....even if our brothers stand in front....they chose the path supporting terrorism, killing thousands. Their redemption is only in their end.
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                                            vijay
                                            Oct 22, 2016 at 8:37 am
                                            One who can read between lines would infer that Indian Express is namesake Indian.They do not believe our defence and paramilitary forces."BSF says it killed seven Pak soldiers.." IE doesn't endorse!
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