BSF trooper killed in cross-border firing in Samba

Jammu: BSF jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

Jammu: BSF jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

"Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing and targeted forward border outposts during wee hours along the global border in Samba", the official spokesman said, adding that Indian forces "retaliated strongly and effectively".

The jawan, later identified as constable Devendra Singh was rushed to Military Hospital but died of his bullet injuries.

A Border Security Force jawan was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistani army along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

The Indian positions retaliated effectively and strongly.

Pakistan Rangers resorted to firing at Indian positions at 11.30 pm and intermittent exchange of fire was continuing till this afternoon, a BSF officer said. Firing exchanges between the two sides continued for almost three hours, he added.

With the death of Constable Devender, the number of persons killed due to Pakistan shelling along the IB and Line of Control (LoC) has risen to 33, the highest this year.

The firing comes four days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources said the breach of border ceasefire by Pakistani troops took place after the border guards noticed suspicious movement of a group of five militants, who were attempting to sneak into this side from Hira Nagar sector of Kathua district.

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