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Pakistan firing injures two civilians in Indian Kashmir

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Updated: 11:13 GMT, Sep 22, 2017 | Published: 09:51 GMT, Sep 22, 2017 |
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 Two civilians were injured in RS Pura sector of northern Jammu and Kashmir State on Thursday (September 21) as Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and residential areas along the Line of Control (LoC), a de facto border.

The injured, Praveen Kumar and Roma Singh, sustained serious injuries on their heads and limbs and were rushed to Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu, after being administered first aid at a local health centre.

Pakistani troops fired heavy mortar shells, killing cattle and damaging several houses. The Indian forces retaliated.

Reportedly, authorities have shifted over 700 residents living near the border areas to safer locations.

There have been numerous ceasefire violations by Pakistan this month. The latest incident comes within hours of Pakistan firing killing an Indian soldier in Keran sector of north Kashmir on Wednesday (September 20).

The troops of arch rivals India and Pakistan intermittently exchange fire on LoC despite an agreement in 2003 that a ceasefire should be observed along the working boundary.

Both New Delhi and Islamabad blame each other for resorting to unprovoked firings.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been a bone of contention between the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan since both gained independence in 1947.

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