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Three soldiers ‘injured’ in Pak mortar shelling

The Pakistani troops fired mortars and used automatic and small arms to target Indian positions in Balakote and Balnoi areas.

With this, the number of soldiers injured in Pakistani shelling during last 36 hours has risen to seven as three jawans were hurt in shelling in Pallanwalla area on Tuesday night. (Source: PTI)

Three Army jawans are reported to have been injured in Pakistani mortar shelling along the Line of Control in Mankote sector on Wednesday night.

Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta denied injury to any jawan, but police sources said that three soldiers were injured.

Pakistani troops fired mortars and automatic and small arms to target Indian positions in Balakote and Balnoi areas, the sources said, adding that firing continued till 8.30 pm. The Indian troops retaliated.

The sources said the situation was “live” along the LoC in Pallanwalla area, with Pakistani troops targeting over half a dozen locations on the Indian side on Wednesday night. They were also firing along the LoC in Sunderbani area of Rajouri district and Balnoi of Poonch district.

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Ever since Indian carried out surgical strikes on terror launching pads across the Line of Control causing significant damage to terrorists and those shielding them, Pakistani troops have been resorting to unprovoked firing on the Indian side along the LoC frequent intervals almost daily. The International Border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, however, continues to remain peaceful.

In view of the mounting tension, State government has already put in.place it’s contingency plan alerting  people living in border to get ready for moving to safer places at any moment. It has ordered closure of all the educational institutions in border areas and hot its various building vacated for accommodating people migrating from borders in the event of any emergency situation.

At present,  a large number of people from various border villages have already moved to safer places. Many more leaving their houses during night and return next morning.

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