Woman killed, 2 BSF jawans injured in Pakistan firing

An injured civilian injured in Pakistan firing, in Pargwal village in Akhnoor district of Jammu on Wednesday.  

A woman was killed and five others, including two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, were injured in cross-border firing on Wednesday when Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire in the Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

The fresh ceasefire violation has come days after an “icebreaker” meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia, where they vowed to jointly counter terrorism.

According to BSF officers, the Pakistani Rangers started sniper firing on an Indian border outpost in the Kanachak area around 8.45 a.m. and injured BSF troopers Anjali Kumar and Y.P. Tiwari. The jawans have been hospitalised. “The BSF retaliated and soon the fight escalated into mortar shelling and some civilian villages came under attack,” a BSF officer told The Hindu.

According to the BSF, 42-year-old Poli Devi, who was working on the lawn of her house in Bhalwal Bharth village, was killed in a mortar blast. “Three other civilians, including a woman, were injured in that blast,” the officer said.

The injured — Romesh Lal (27), Surinder Kumar (22) and Usha Devi (40) — were shifted to a hospital.

Disappointed: India

PTI reports:

India took up the issue with Pakistan saying it was “disappointed” at the breach of ceasefire violation. “I spoke to the [Pak] foreign secretary this morning and again in the afternoon,” Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan said.

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