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Pakistan soldiers open fire at LoC, BSF jawan injured

September 17, 2013 13:54 IST

A jawan of the Border Security Force was injured when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire again, resorting to unprovoked, heavy firing and rocket attacks on three Indian forward posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian troops to retaliate effectively.

Constable Mohmmad Abu Siddiqi was injured when Pakistan troops opened fire from Heavy Machine Guns and Rocket Projectile Grenades on Indian forward posts along the LoC in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district at 11.40 pm, BSF officials said.

They targeted three Indian forward posts.

BSF troops guarding the forward belt retaliated by firing 98 rounds of Medium Machine Guns and 34 grenades of AGL, resulting in exchanges which continued for a few hours, officials said.

The injured jawan was hospitalised, they said, adding that splinters in his body have been removed and he is now out of danger.

Pakistani troops also fired on Indian forward posts in other belt of Mendhar around 9.25 pm on Monday, Defence Spokesman S N Acharya said, adding that the Indian side gave a calibrated reply, without any loss of life or injury to anyone.

On September 15, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice in the night in Mandi and Garhi sectors of Poonch, with firing exchanges continuing next morning.

They also fired on forward posts along the LoC in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch between 6.25 am and 10 am on the same day.

There have been over 90 ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops since January 1.

Six jawans were killed and 13 people injured in ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistani troops in forward posts, civilian areas and patrol parties along the border in August.

Image: Border Security Force soldiers patrol over a footbridge built over a stream near the Line of Control ' Photograph: Mukesh Gupta/Reuters

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