Jammu: The Border Security Force (BSF) said on Monday that it had retaliated against ceasefire violations by Pakistan and destroyed its firing posts at several locations along the International Border (IB).
"BSF is giving suitable and pin-pointed retaliation to an unprovoked fire by Pakistani forces from across the IB in Jammu. At several locations, the enemy's firing positions, ammunition and fuel dump have been destroyed by the precision firing of the border guarding force personnel," said a BSF spokesperson, PTI reported.
The spokesperson also released two small video clips purportedly showing the destruction of the fuel dump.
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Twelve people, including five security personnel, have been killed and over 60 others injured in Pakistani firing from across the border in Jammu since Thursday.
On Sunday, a civilian was killed and two persons were injured in the Pakistani shelling along the IB in Kanachak belt of Jammu district.
"There was night-long firing along the IB in Pargwal, Math, RS Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors (of Jammu and Samba districts). It stopped at 05:45 hours today (Monday)," a BSF officer said.
While a BSF jawan and a teenage girl were killed on Thursday, four persons including two civilians and one BSF jawan and an Army jawan were killed and over 40 others injured in the Pakistani firing on Friday.
BSF officials said authorities were keeping a close eye on the situation and have rushed police teams to affected areas to ensure prompt assistance to the people.
Meanwhile, amid fresh shelling by Pakistan at Indian positions along the IB and the LoC, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that the government would not let the country down even in adverse circumstances.
"Under no circumstances, however adverse they may be, we will never let India down," he said. Singh, on the last day of his three-day visit to Uttar Pradesh, was speaking at a public meeting in Barabanki, but did not name Pakistan.
The HM added, "India is no longer a weak nation. It has become a strong nation and its image before the world has changed."
(With Agency inputs)