Civilian killed, three injured in cross LoC firing in Jammu

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Srinagar

A civilian was killed and three others injured after armies of both India and Pakistan exchanged gun fires on the international border in Jammu district, officials said on Monday, reports claimed.

The death toll from the recent Pakistan ceasefire violations on the international border and Line of Control (LoC) has risen to 12 with the death of another civilian on late Sunday evening, The Indian Express reported.

Police said after a day-long calm, Pakistan Rangers again violated ceasefire in Pargwal, Arnia, Kanachak and R.S. Pura areas of Jammu district targeting border security force (BSF) and civilian facilities.

“Pakistan rangers started heavy shelling and firing in Kanachak and Pargwal areas at 8.30 p.m. on Sunday,” Indian Express quoted the police officer saying.

“A civilian identified as Gopal Dass was injured in Kanachak. He later succumbed to injuries. Three civilians including a woman were injured in R.S. Pura and Arnia areas where Pakistan Rangers started indiscriminate shelling and firing on Sunday night,” he said.

Meanwhile, authorities have said schools in areas affected by the shelling near the international border and LoC in the Jammu region shall remain closed on Monday because of safety concerns of children and staff.

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