BSF jawan killed in Pak firing along Jammu border

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BSF troops guarding the border, retaliated the firing and gave a befitting reply while on civilian was also injured. Intermittent exchanges continued till Friday morning, reports said.

Constable Bijender Bahadur was on duty at forward point along the fence in Arnia sector along the IB when Pakistani Rangers resorted to mortar shelling and small arms fire at about 0020 hours today, said a BSF officer.

BSF jawan, Brijendra Bahadur Singh, was hit by a bullet at his abdomen, who later succumbed during evacuation process.

The 32-year-old soldier is survived by his parents and wife Sushmita Singh, initial details revealed.

Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan had accused Indian soldiers of unprovoked firing. One civilian is reported injured in the firing which took place in Arnia.

"Indian troops initiated an unprovoked Cease Fire Violation (CFV) using mortars and automatics targeting the innocent civil population along the working boundary in Phuklian sector". "The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and worldwide human rights and humanitarian laws", Foreign Affairs Ministry of Pakistan said.

There have been continuous ceasefire violations going on from the Pakistani side along the IB for the last four months. Till August 1, there have been 285 such actions by the Pakistan army, while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures by the Indian Army.

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