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Civilian killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops along LoC

At least three Indian forward positions were under fire from across the border, sources said, adding that the Indian troops were retaliating appropriately.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: September 7, 2015 11:47:51 am
Pakistan ceasefire vioaltion, Pakistani troops, poonch At least three Indian forward positions were under fire from across the border, sources said, adding that the Indian troops were retaliating appropriately. (file photo)

Pakistani troops on Monday resorted to unprovoked firing killing one civilian and injuring another at Sawjian in Poonch district on Indian side along the Line of Control.

Sources said that the victims were cutting grass for their cattle near the LoC when Pakistani shells started pounding the area. The latest shelling led to panic in the area.

The ceasefire violation, fourth since Friday night, came around 12 midnight and continued for nearly two hours. Thereafter, they again resumed firing on the Indian side around 6am and it was ongoing till reports last came in, sources said.

At least three Indian forward positions were under fire from across the border, sources said, adding that the Indian troops were retaliating appropriately.

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On Sunday morning also, the Pakistani troops had resorted to unprovoked firing at forward Indian positions in Mandi sector along the LoC. They used automatic weapons and heavy machine guns for targeting Indian side from 5.20am to 6.03am, the spokesperson added.

A soldier was injured in unprovoked Pakistani fire at forward Indian positions along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector on Saturday morning. The defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta, however, had said that he received a minor injury.

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The Pakistani troops had earlier resorted to unprovoked firing in Hamirpur sector on Friday night. The firing, which started around 9.50pm, continued for 25 minutes. However, no one was injured in the attack.

After a brief lull along the LoC in Poonch district, Pakistani troops have resumed unprovoked firing on Indian side since Wednesday night when they had targeted forward Indian positions in KG Sector with small weapons fire for over two hours beginning 8 pm. The Indian troops had retaliated.

Ever since Pakistan Prime Minister Nawan Sharief met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Ufa and reiterated resolve to fight terror, the neighbouring country’s troops and Rangers have stepped up unprovoked firing along the LoC and the international border. The number of ceasefire violations since July last range between 75 to 90 and over 245 since the beginning of current year.

Ten people have so far died and nearly three dozen others injured on the Indian side since August 15.

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