2 Indian border guards killed in cross-border fire in Kashmir

18:36, July 07, 2010      

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Two Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have been killed in a cross-border fire in Kashmir, officials Wednesday said.

The exchange of fire between BSF and Pakistani Rangers started Tuesday morning in the Akhnoor sector on border between India and Pakistan, around 35 km northwest of Jammu, the winter capital of India-controlled Kashmir, the officials said.

India's official broadcaster, All Indian radio (AIR), Wednesday reported a fresh exchange took place early morning, however no loss of life was reported.

"In the cease-fire violations since yesterday morning BSF men were killed and a soldier and a civilian were injured," AIR reports.

New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe a ceasefire along the International Border and Line-of-Control (LoC) in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported in between, however the ceasefire continues to be in offing since then.

The BSF is posted along 220 kilometers of the international border with Pakistan in the plains of Kashmir, while Army is deployed along 720 kilometers of Line of Control (LoC) in the region.

Meanwhile, Indian authorities on Wednesday claimed that Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by suddenly opening fire at a border post along the Line of Control in India-controlled Kashmir' s winter capital Jammu.

"Pakistani troops opened fire late last night, following which Indian troops retaliated by firing back. The exchange of fire continued till early this morning. In the firing, one Indian paramilitary Border Security Force personnel was killed while a civilian got injured. We've lodged a protest with Pakistani Rangers," a senior BSF official said.

Meanwhile, Pakistani media reported Tuesday that Indian forces fired across the border with mortars and automatic weapons, and at least one Pakistani soldier was injured during the firing.

Source: Xinhua


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