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Pak troops open heavy firing on Indian posts along LoC

Last Updated: Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 14:09

Zee Media Bureau

Jammu: Pakistani troops on Saturday opened heavy weapons and RPG firing on an Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector.

According to Army officials, the firing on Shahpur area of Poonch sector began at 7.30 am today, leading to heavy firing exchanges.

"Pak troops have targeted Indian posts by firing rocket projectile grenades (RPGs) and heavy machine guns along LoC in Doda Battalion forward area in Poonch district since 0730 hours today," a senior Army officer said.

Indian border troops retaliated effectively, resulting in heavy exchanges which were on for five hours, the officer said.

There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, he said.

Top Army officials are monitoring the situation in wake of the heavy firing along the border line and troops have been asked in other forward areas to intensify round the clock vigilance.

The firing triggered panic among the people in the area, especially in Shahpur Kerni forward belt in Poonch where it stretched for five hours.

Till yesterday, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire and opened fire at least four times this month.

On July 22, Pakistani troops opened small arms firing at Indian posts in forward area along LoC in Poonch. Indian troops guarding the border had retaliated, resulting in exchanges.

On July 3, Pakistani troops had fired at policemen, who had gone to LoC at Sabzian in Poonch to collect the body of a Pakistani intruder killed in IED blast.

The Pakistani troops had again fired at Indian soldiers on July 8 while they were trying to evacuate injured porters along LoC in Poonch.

On July 12, Pakistani Rangers opened fire at Indian forward posts in Pindi belt along International Border (IB) in Jammu district.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 12:06

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