LoC Skirmishes: Shelling restarts along border areas of J&K

Jammu: Ending an uneasy calm, Pakistan on Saturday violated ceasefire along the border in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pakistani troops opened heavy fire on Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army.
A senior police officer told a news agency here: “The Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire in Shahpur Kerni sector of the LoC in Poonch district today (Saturday) afternoon.”
“The Pakistani Army is using automatic weapons to target Indian positions. Firing started at 12.45 pm and is still going on (at 2 pm).”
Indian troops guarding the border, took positions and retaliated resulting in exchanges which were going on when last reports came from the area, a senior Army officer told another news agency.
There was no loss of life on our side, the officer said.
Earlier, it was reported to be a calm Saturday on the International Border in Jammu as there has been no ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops since Thursday night.
“It was completely peaceful all along the international border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts for the second day today. There are no reports of ceasefire violation from anywhere on the LoC as well by Pakistan forces,” a senior official told a news agency.
Eight civilians were killed in unprecedented peace time mortar shelling by Pakistan on the international border and the LoC in the Jammu region since October 6, while over 60 were injured.
The last ceasefire violation took place on Thursday night when there was brief firing by Pakistan on four border out posts in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.


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