Two killed in Pakistan firing in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: Two people were killed and seven others injured early Saturday in heavy firing by the Pakistan Rangers on the Border Security Force posts near the international border in R.S. Pura sector in Jammu district, police said.

“Two villagers, identified as Muhammad Akram and his 13-year-old son Aslam were killed and seven people including Akram’s wife, his three children and a BSF constable were injured in heavy firing by the Pakistan Rangers in Jodafarm village of R.S. Pura sector today,” a senior police officer told IANS.

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All the injured people have been shifted to the Jammu Medical College for treatment.

“Firing by Pakistani troops is still on. The BSF (Border Security Force) has started retaliating,” the officer said.

Reports from the area said the Pakistan Rangers were using heavy weapons to target BSF posts.

“They are targeting 17 border outposts of the BSF in R.S. Pura sector and Arnia sub-sector at the international border.”

Forced by Pakistan firing, more than 2,000 villagers from three villages close to the international border in R.S. Pura sector had Friday migrated to safer places leaving their homes and cattle behind.

Under the state government’s contingency plan, the villagers have been temporarily accommodated in two government high school buildings and an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) building.