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India, Pakistan trade heavy fire in Jammu district

Jammu: Heavy firing started early Monday between the Indian and Pakistani troopers along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu region."Pakistan army resorted to heavy unprovoked firing at our positions in Shahpur

India TV News Desk [ Updated: July 20, 2015 14:23 IST ]
india pakistan trade heavy fire in jammu district
india pakistan trade heavy fire in jammu district

Jammu: Heavy firing started early Monday between the Indian and Pakistani troopers along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu region.

"Pakistan army resorted to heavy unprovoked firing at our positions in Shahpur sector of the LoC around midnight," a defence spokesman told IANS here.

"They are using small arms and automatic weapons to target our positions. Our troopers are effectively retaliating the firing," he added.

Our troops retaliated, resulting in exchange of fire that continued till 2330 hours. There was no report of loss of life or injury from the Indian side, he said.

This is the seventh incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops since July 15. One person has been killed and 16 have been injured so far in the firing from across the border. In July, there have been 11 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army.

Intermittent firing exchanges were going on in the area when last reports came in.

On Saturday, five civilians were injured in the same area when Pakistan army resorted to indiscriminate, unprovoked firing in the border areas of Poonch Sector. Earlier the Pakistani troops had targeted several Indian positions in Naushera sector of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

There has been a sudden spurt of ceasefire violations from across the border this month.A woman was killed and six others, including two BSF jawans, were injured on July 15 in firing and mortar shelling in Jammu district by Pakistan Rangers.

 
On July 9, Pakistani troops had fired at a forward border post in North Kashmir killing a BSF jawan.  On July 5, a BSF jawan was killed in Pakistani firing along LoC in Nougam sector in Kashmir Valley.

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