Two Indian Army soldiers killed in retaliatory fire by Pakistan Rangers


NEW DELHI - A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, an Indian Army soldier were on Friday died in a ceasefire violation at the border amid reports of heavy shelling and firing along the International Border (IB) in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Following the cross-border firing, the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Haider Shah was summoned by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). He was conveyed government's grave concerns at the continued ceasefire violations and deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces.

Indian army indiscriminate firing and shelling claimed lives of one Pakistani civilian while nine others were injured.

"The shelling and firing started at 6.40 a.m. and continued intermittently for over four hours," a police source told IANS.

The BSF jawan, who succumbed to his injuries, was identified as Head Constable Jagpal Singh. All schools in areas close to the International Border were closed down.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar "strongly condemned" the continued violations by Pakistan, and said it has caused loss of lives and property.

"We, of course, retaliate in such cases and we also take up the matter at the appropriate level with the Pakistani side," he said.

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