Border Skirmishes: 26 Civilians Killed,158 Injured In 2 Years

SRINAGAR: At least 26 civilians were killed and 158 injured and 216 structures damaged in alleged firing across the border in Jammu and Kashmir in last two years.

Meanwhile, Border Security Forces (BSF) on Monday claimed to have foiled second suspected militant attack along International Border in Samba sector.

A security official said that 12 civilians were killed and 79 injured in alleged Pakistani troops firing along the IB and LoC in J&K last year. “Five civilian killings were killed in Pakistani troops firing in Vijaypur sector of Samba district. Two civilians each were killed in Rajouri and Mendhar sectors while a civilian each was killed in Haveli in Poonch and Marh and Chhamb in Jammu district,” he said.

According to the official of the 79 civilians injured in alleged Pakistani troops’ firing and shelling last year, 25 were injured in Suchetgarh sector, 13 in Mendhar, 10 in Bishnah, 9 in Vijaypur, 8 in Karnah,  4 each in Chhamb and Hira Nagar,  and 3 each in Nowshera and Haveli sector.

“There were over 450 border ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops last year,” he said.

The security official said, “in 2015, 14 civilians were killed and 79 injured in Pakistani troops firing and shelling in J&K.”

The highest number of 6 civilian casualties took place in Mendhar sector, followed by 3 deaths of civilians in Suchetgarh, 2 in Chhamb and one each in Samba, Vijaypur and Hira Nagar sector.

“Of the 79 civilians injured in Pakistani troops firing and shelling in 2015, 51 were injured in Bishnah sector followed by 10 in Haveli, 9 in Hira Nagar, 5 in Mendhar, 3 in Vijaypur and 1 in Chhamb sector,” the official informed.

He added that at least 216 structures were also damaged in alleged Pakistani troops firing and shelling on this side. “115 structures were damaged in Jammu district, 46 in Kathua district, 30 in Poonch district, 21 in Sambha district and 4 in Rajouri district.”

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