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Ceasefire violations along IB; 5 killed, 34 injured in heavy shelling by Pakistan

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Jammu (Oct 6, 2014): In one of the worst ceasefire violations by Pakistan, five villagers were killed in overnight heavy mortar shelling and firing from across the international border and Line of Control in Jammu and Poonch sectors even as two more violations took place since evening.

Pakistani troops indulged in heavy and unprovoked firing and shelling of mortars on 10 border outposts (BoPs) and civilian areas along international border (IB) in Arnia belt of Jammu district from 10.00 pm spilling over to this morning, a BSF spokesman said. As many as 34 people were also injured in this incident.

In a fresh ceasefire violation between 1540 hours and 1600 hours, Pakistani troops fired at a forward area along Line of Control (LoC) in Kerni belt of Poonch district, a defence spokesman said. "They fired mortar bombs, automatic and small arms during the firing," the spokesman said. There was no loss of life or injury to any person in the firing and shelling.

At 2100 hours again, Pakistan resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing in Mankote sector of Poonch district, the spokesman said. There have been a dozen ceasefire violations along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir during the last four days.

The exchange of fire was on, he said, adding no casualty has been reported so far on the Indian side. BSF troops retaliated effectively and gave a befitting reply in the overnight ceasfire violation, the spokesman said.

In the shelling, five villagers were killed and 34 injured in several hamlets, SSP, Jammu, Uttam Chand said.