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Ceasefire Violations in J&K: Two Army Jawans killed

Samba sector, Jan 03: Two Indian Army jawans were killed and 11 civilians were injured in the continuous firing by the Pakistan troops at various places along the international border in Samba and Hiranagar sectors of Jammu and Kashmir since Friday night.

The firing still continued for which hundreds of civilians on the border areas were shifted to other locations in the state. Reacting to the continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Union home minister Rajnath Singh warned of strong action against Pakistan that is repeatedly targeting border areas despite several excuses.

Earlier in the day one woman was killed and six others were injured in fresh firing by Pakistan that targeted the BSF posts and villages in J&K.   

The firing took place soon after three Pakistan Rangers were killed in a strong retaliation from India.

Pakistan on Friday night had resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on several BSF posts along the border in Hiranagar and Samba sectors of Kathua and Jammu districts at around 9.30pm. India in its response fired on the Pak troops killing three today.

The ceasefire violations started on New Year eve in which a BSF jawan, seven others were injured and five Pakistani rangers have been killed so far till Friday.

"BSF troops gave a befitting reply resulting in exchanges which stopped at 3 am in the morning," Inspector General of BSF Rakesh Sharma said, adding that Pakistan again started mortar shelling and firing targeting civilian areas since 7am and it is going on intermittently.

He said that all BoPs in three battalion areas of Samba and Hiranagar sub-sectors in Kathua district were targeted.

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