Indian Army retaliates – kill 2 Pak Soldiers, destroy 14 posts
JAMMU: Pakistan escalated the cross-border confrontation today, killing 8 civilians and 22 others in Jammu region, triggering a strong retaliation by Indian security forces which killed two Pakistani soldiers and destroyed 14 posts.
The BSF said that it has destroyed 14 posts of Pakistani Rangers in retaliatory action in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors of Jammu region.
The Pakistani troops used heavy calibre weapons like 120mm and 82mm mortar bombs, the Army said.
“Five people died and nine others were injured in the shelling in Ramgarh sector of Samba district today,” deputy commissioner of Samba Sheetal Nanda said.
One person died due to shock during shelling in the same area, raising the toll of those killed in the area to six, she said.
The casualties took place during shelling in Jarda and Rangoor camp villages along the IB in Ramgarh sector.
Along the LoC, two women were killed in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in Panjgrian border hamlet in Manjakote belt of Rajouri district, deputy commissioner of Rajouri Shabir Ahmed Bhat said.
He said three Army porters suffered injuries in the shelling in Noushera sector of the district and they have been hospitalised.
Pakistani shells landed in Mendhar town of Poonch district, injuring three people, police said.
“Pakistani Rangers started firing with small arms followed by mortars at one place and further spread to four or five places in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors of Samba and Jammu district from 06:30am,” DIG BSF (G) Dharmendra Pareek said.
They fired 82mm mortar bombs intermittently, Pareek said, adding, BSF gave them a befitting reply.
Pakistan officials said at least four people were killed and five injured in its part of Kashmir on Monday, as the arch-rivals exchanged heavy fire concentrated in Pakistan’s Nakyal sector along the Line of Control.
“It appears as if a full blown war is going on between India and Pakistan,” said Mohammad Saeed, a resident of the village of Mohra in the region.
Six people were killed and 10 injured in Nakyal and the adjacent Tatta Pani sector last Friday and Saturday, Pakistan has said.