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3 soldiers killed, two injured in cross-border firing in Rajouri

Three army men were killed and two injured after the soldiers of India and Pakistan traded fire and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district on Sunday.

According to PTI news agency, three soldiers were killed and two injured after Pakistan army opened fire on Indian posts in Bhimber Gali sector.

Earlier in the day, a soldier and two civilians were injured in cross-LoC shelling in Shahpur sector of adjoining Poonch district.

“The three were injured in the Shahpur sector of Poonch district in shelling from across the border which started this morning and was continuing intermittently,” a police official said.

The injured civilians were identified as Shahnaz Bano (15) and Yasin Arif (14), residents of Islamabad village, the official said. Both of them were hospitalised.

A defence spokesman said Pakistan Army “initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatics, and mortars around 1110 hours. The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively.”

“In nearby Rajouri district, six mortars fired by Pakistani forces exploded near Neaka Panjgrain and Tarkundi villages in Manjakote sector around 1540 hours,” a police official said.

The Indian forces responded, triggering an exchange of fire between the two sides which was continuing when last reports were received, he said.

Fourteen persons, including eight civilians, were killed and over 70 injured in intense shelling along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts and LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts last month.

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