Jammu: Two persons were killed and 25 were injured as Pakistani troops fired on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district, authorities said on Wednesday. Pakistan fired through the night and did not stop as the day broke.
A senior police officer said two women were killed and five were wounded in Pakistan mortar shelling in Chilyari village of Samba sector on Wednesday morning.
“Two people have died and five are injured in Pakistan mortar shelling in Chilyari village in Samba district today. The injured have been shifted to government medical college (GMC) hospital in Jammu city for treatment. BSF is also retaliating effectively to silence Pakistan guns in the area,” the police official said.
With Wednesday's incident, the number of people killed in Pakistan shelling on civilian areas in Jammu region has gone up to seven, while the number of injured has risen to 55.
The latest series of Pakistan ceasefire violations on the LoC and the international border started on October 6.
Twenty people, including 15 civilians, were injured in overnight Pakistani firing at the border in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan Rangers again started firing at Indian positions in Hira Nagar sector of the international border in Kathua district on Wednesday morning.
"Four army soldiers were injured in Pakistan firing on the LoC in Poonch district, one BSF trooper and 15 civilians were injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers on the international border in Jammu district during the night. Pakistan has again started firing at BSF positions and civilian areas in Hira Nagar sector of the border in Kathua district Wednesday morning," a senior police officer said in winter capital Jammu.
In retaliation to Pakistan targeting civilian habitations in Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday put on hold a scheduled flag meeting between Pakistan and Indian paramilitary forces to discuss the recent hostilities.
Union Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh, who represents the Jammu Lok Sabha seat in the Parliament, is arriving here on Wednesday to review the border situation.
More than 20,000 residents of 30 villages along the international border in Jammu region have been shifted to safer locations.