Indo-Pak troops exchange fire at international border

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India and Pakistan troops resorted to firing and mortar shelling along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

According to a BSF official, a group of suspected militants were spotted close to IB in forward area in Hiranagar sector of the district in a bid to cross over to this side.

The officer told Press Trust of India that at 6 pm on Sunday, BSF troops deployed in Hiranagar sector fired two rounds from an Underbarrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) upon suspicious movement of two Pakistanis who had crossed 20 meters into the International Border.

Following that two mortar shells of 82mm range were fired from Pakistani post ‘Abhiyal Dogra,’ he said.

The firing and shelling took place in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district on Sunday night, a BSF officer said on Monday.

SSP Kathua Neeva Jain said there has been no loss of life or damage to property in the firing.  “The situation is now peaceful along the IB in Kathua”, she said.

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