15 Pakistani rangers killed in retaliatory fire: BSF

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Jammu: The BSF on Friday said it had killed 15 Pakistani paramilitary personnel while retaliating to cross- border shelling and firing in which two Indian civilians were killed and two injured in Jammu region.

Firing mortar shells and using automatic weapons, Pakistani troops targeted civilian areas and forward security posts along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

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BSF said that as per the ammunition used in firing and shelling, it appeared that Pakistani Army is supporting its paramilitary Rangers along the IB.

In retaliatory firing, 15 Pakistani rangers have been killed so far, BSF said.

“At 1720 hour on Thursday, Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked heavy firing and shelling in Kathua Sector of Jammu which further spread to Hiranagar and Samba. It continued till 0500 hours on Friday in the area of 24 BSF posts,” a senior BSF officer said.

BSF Additional Director General Arun Kumar said that a befitting reply was being given to the Pakistani shelling and firing.

“Fifteen Pakistani soldiers have been killed in retaliatory firing and shelling by BSF. We have destroyed their OP (outposts) and damaged a few,” Kumar said.

As per the ammunition (120 mm mortars) used, it appears that Pakistani army is supporting the Rangers, he said after laying the wreath at the mortal remains of BSF martyr Jitendra Kumar.

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“In the Pakistani shelling, one civilian died in Khour belt of Pallanwala sector today,” Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said, adding another civilian was injured in R S Pura sector.

Similarly, one woman Usma Bi, aged 50 years, was killed in shelling by Pakistan on Gohlad village in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district on Friday,  Defence spokesman said.

Another civilian was injured in the area, the reports said.


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