India and Pakistan exchange fire at border, 9 dead

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Eight civilians, and a BSF trooper, were killed in cross-border shelling between Indian and Pakistani soldiers along the international border in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir, on Friday.

Four civilians, including a couple were killed in Jammu divisions after Pakistani rangers started shelling and firing in RS Pura, Bishnah and Arnia sectors.

According to reports, Indian officials said the paramilitary soldier was killed by a Pakistani sniper on the Thursday night, leading to cross-border firing and shelling at several forward posts.

The cross-border firing and shelling started overnight and went on to spread to dozens of posts in the Jammu region, said police officer S.D. Singh. The husband and wife were killed on the Indian side. At least seven civilians were also wounded and were being treated in hospitals.

Indian paramilitary officials said their soldiers responded to Pakistani gunfire and shelling, describing it as “unprovoked and indiscriminate.”

In a statement, the Pakistan’s military stated that at 4 civilians, including 3 children were killed by Indian fire across the border. The statement added that at least 10 civilians were injured by Indian fire in the border village near the city of Sialkot, bordering Kashmir.

 


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