BSF soldier killed,11 civilians injured in cross-border firing

Jammu:A BSF personnel was killed and eleven civilians were injured on Thursday as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire along the border in Jammu disrict.


A BSF soldier and six civilians were injured when Pakistani troops fired mortar bombs and in R S Pura and Arnia sectors along the International Border in Jammu district, reported PTI news agency.


"The jawan, a head constable, received splinter injuries in the ceasefire violation and succumbed to his injuries," a senior BSF official said.


The jawan identified as Jitendra Kumar was a native of Motihari district in Bihar.


Dawn News, quoting a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)  of Pakistan army, said that five civilians were injured in an "intense and heavy" exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani forces, which continued for 11 hours on Harpal and Chaprar sectors on the Working Boundary.


The ISPR added that Pakistani troops responded "befittingly" to Indian firing and inflicted "heavy casualties" while targeting Indian posts


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