Ceasefire Violation: Pak Does it Again, Kills 2 Civilians

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Pakistan has resorted to major ceasefire violation early on Saturday at border posts from Arnia to RS Pura sectors in Jammu, killing at least 2 civilians and injuring 5 others. The Pakistani troops fired at 22 Border Security Force (BSF) posts and several villages using long range mortar shells and heavy to medium machine guns.

30-year-old Akram Hussain and his 3-year-old son were killed in the ceasefire violation while four civilians and a BSF jawan, who suffered splinter injuries, sustained injuries and have been shifted to Government Medical College in Jammu.

According to sources, the firing started around midnight. 22 posts and several villages were targeted. There was retaliation from the Indian side as well. Firing is still on in several areas.

Incidents of ceasefire violation have been reported almost every day in the past two weeks. Earlier, India had called off talks with Pakistan over its envoy's meetings with Kashmiri separatists and the spike in ceasefire violations.

The spurt in firing from Pakistan forces villagers near the border to remain indoors. Many opt to take shelter in abandoned bunkers which haven't been used for nearly 10 years.

There have been over 15 ceasefire violations in the past 10 days along the border by Pakistani troops.

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