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Updated: January 9, 2010 23:24 IST

BSF retaliates as Pakistan troops fire rockets

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Border Security Force soldiers inspect the site where two unexploded rockets were found in the border outpost Kahangarh near the Wagah border at Attari on Saturday. Photo: AFP
AFP Border Security Force soldiers inspect the site where two unexploded rockets were found in the border outpost Kahangarh near the Wagah border at Attari on Saturday. Photo: AFP

The Border Security Force accused Pakistan troops of firing at least four rockets across the border at Attari, 240 km from here at midnight on Friday night, and said it retaliated with machine gunfire and mortars.

The BSF said it was difficult to find the location of the rockets owing to dense fog. Two rockets that did not go off after falling on Indian territory were traced at the Kahangarh post of the BSF, Himmat Singh, Inspector-General (Frontier), said.

“At 0000 hours or 00.15 a.m. [Saturday], five or six rockets were fired from the Pakistani side. Two fell near the BOP [border outpost]. And two or three more explosions were heard. The rockets, which fell near the BOP, did not explode. There was no report of any damage to life or property,” Mr. Singh said.

At 3 a.m. the BSF held a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers, who however denied that Pakistan forces launched rocket fire towards India.

“At night itself, we convened a flag meeting, at the commandant level. We lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Rangers. We urged them that they stop such attacks. They claimed that our force targeted their BOP. We have warned them that if such an incident occurs again, the BSF will take strong action,” said Mr. Singh. This is the third incident of firing of rockets into Indian territory.

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