15 Pakistani soldiers killed in retaliatory firing: BSF
Border Security Forces on Friday said they killed 15 Pakistan Rangers in retaliatory firing by India along the international border in the past week.
According to reports, the BSF said Pakistani security forces were pushing militants into India’s side as it was successful in foiling two infiltration bids in recent days.
Heavy firing is being exchanged between the two countries along the border resulting in casualties on both sides, the report said.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan continued violating the ceasefire with firing and mortal shelling on Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control and international border in districts of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri.
A girl was injured in the Pakistani troops’ ceasefire violation. A Defence spokesperson said the BSF and Army had responded “appropriately and befittingly”.
“There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Sunderbani, Pallanwala and Nowshera sectors of Rajouri and Jammu districts today,” the spokesperson said.
Pakistani troops used small arms, automatics, 82 mm mortars and 120 mm mortars in the firing and shelling, the official said.“They are being responded appropriately and befittingly. No casualties to our troops have been reported.”
On Thursday, a Pakistani Ranger was killed and another injured in retaliatory firing by BSF, as Pakistani troops heavily shelled five sectors along LoC and IB in J&K in which one BSF jawan died and 13 other civilians were injured.
Since the surgical strikes by army on terror launch pads in PoK on September 28-29, five Indians, including four security personnel, have been killed and 34 injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
On October 21, BSF killed seven Pak rangers and a terrorist opposite to Hiranagar sector in Kathua, in which one BSF jawan was injured.
While Pakistani troops pounded BoPs and hamlets along IB in Kathua, Hiranagar sectors (Kathua), RS Pura and Arnia sectors (Jammu) and Samba sector, they also targeted forward Indian posts and villages along LoC in Krishnagati, Balakote and Mankote sectors (Poonch) and Sunderbani sector (Rajouri) on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Jammu district collector said that a civilian has been killed in Pakistani firing in Khor belt.