Amid cross-border firing, schools near LoC in Jammu closed

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Srinagar

Tensions gripped among the areas in R S Pura to Kanachak and Pargwal sectors in Jammu after the armies of the both Pakistan and India exchanged gun fires along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir for the third day on Saturday, reports claimed.

Giving details, sources said that Pakistani Rangers were firing on Indian positions and civilian areas from R S Pura to Kanachak and Pargwal sectors.

Meanwhile, the state government has ordered closure of schools falling within five kilometres distance from both the international border and Line of Control in Jammu region as a precautionary measure. People at a number of villages falling on the zero line along international border in R S Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors have shifted to the houses of their relative’s safer places, reported The Indian Express.

Since Wednesday, six people, including an Army man and two BSF personnel, have been killed and over three dozen, mostly civilians, injured in unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire from across the international border and LoC. An army man and a BSF head constable were among four killed on Friday.

The loss of life and property on Pakistan side is reportedly much higher. Official sources claim that over a dozen Pakistani Rangers have been killed and many injured so far, besides their half a dozen mortar bases destroyed, The Indian Express reported.

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