Pakistani troops fire 120 mm mortar bombs along LoC in Rajouri

The ceasefire violation was reported from Chiti Bakri in Chingus area and Manjakote in Rajouri.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in the Indian-administered Kashmir region after escalation in cross-border fighting between India and Pakistan.

"The Pakistan army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 7: 15 am along the Line of Control in Naushera sector", PRO Defence Lt Colonel Manish Mehta told Mirror.

Citing the sufferings and death of innocent civilians, besides the attack on Indian troops, the demonstrators further added that such brutal acts will not be tolerated any more.

Pakistani forces effectively responded to Indian aggression, hitting several check posts on the other side of the border.

Towards the night, the Pakistani Army resorted to the heaviest shelling and firing targeting 42 hamlets and several forward posts along the LoC in Nowshera and Manjakote sectors of Rajouri district, Choudhary said.

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Earlier, two civilians were killed in the ceasefire violation, to which the Indian troops gave a befitting reply.

A woman identified as Akhtara Bibi had died and another civilian was injured in the shelling on Wednesday.

There was no immediate report of any casualty, he said, adding that a cordon and search operation has been launched to track the militants. This was the third ceasefire violation along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir in past three days. However, Pakistan rejected those claims and said that the Indian soldiers were the first to shoot artillery shells on at least seven sectors of the border, thus violating the 2003 truce. The news also informed that a BSF Jawan has been injured.

The deputy commissioner along with senior superintendent of police (SSP) Yougal Manhas and other senior officers from health, animal husbandry, power, and essential services departments rushed to the affected areas to facilitate evacuation. Nine persons were killed in these incidents.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947.

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