Two civilians killed, six injured as Pakistani Rangers opened heavy fire on Jammu villages

In an early-morning ceasefire violation along the border in Jammu and Samba districts, the officials said two people including a woman were killed on Friday and at least six injured when Pakistani troops targeted Indian villages with artillery and mortar. The matter took place amidst an eruption along the highly militarized border between the two neighbors, who often accuse each other of violating a 2003 ceasefire.

The neighboring country’s border force (Pakistani Rangers) opened heavy fire and shot mortars on Indian villages and posts in RS Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sub-sectors since 6:30 am on Friday, a senior BSF official said. The official said, “Our troops are responding appropriately.” The killed villagers identified by the official as Bacho Devi, Sai Khurd and Sahil Kumar of Korotana. The schools within a 4 km radius of the border have been closed as a precautionary measure, said Dr. Arun Kumar Manhas, additional deputy commissioner of Jammu district. The people of the affected areas are not coming out of their houses due to being frightened over the intense shelling.

The audio clips of big explosions could be heard as its being shared on various WhatsApp groups. A police officer from Samba said that Pakistani rangers targeted Indian posts at Chambliyal, Fathwal, SM Pura and Narianpur with heavy and small arms. Later, he informed that Pakistan prolonged the arc of fire and targeted seven more Indian posts – Kandral, Nanga, Majra, SP-1, SP-2, Tanver and Mallu chak. In the current series of fire, Pakistani troops have been targeting almost 40 villages and hamlets.

Crossfiring Between Security Forces and Terrorists in Anantnag, J&K

An encounter between the security forces and the terrorists is going on in Dayalgam village of Anantnag. During the search operation, it was found that two-three terrorists were hiding. There is news of the death of a woman in the action of the security forces.

“Security forces were fired at when they launched an operation in Batpora village after a tip-off about the terrorists hiding in a house. In the cross firing, the woman was wounded and later succumbed to her injuries,” the police said.

Tahira Begum, 44, sustained injuries during the encounter and was rushed to the district hospital, but she could not be saved, officials said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Brenti-Batpora early today after they received information about the presence of at least three terrorists including Basheer Lashkari, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, who is believed to be the behind the killing of Kashmiri police officer Feroz Ahmed Dar and five other cops.

The official said the search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists, who he said were using residents as human shields, opened fire on security forces. Clashes have erupted and there are reports of stone throwing in the area.