Two Pakistanis killed, four Indians wounded in exchange of fire along border

Published August 11, 2014
A view of the fenced border between India and Pakistan. — Photo by Reuters
A view of the fenced border between India and Pakistan. — Photo by Reuters

SIALKOT: At least two Pakistanis were killed and three others, including a woman, were injured in the early hours of Monday when personnel from the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) fired shots across the Working Boundary near Sialkot into the Charwah sector, sources in the Chenab Rangers said.

There were also some reports that firing from across the boundary killed several livestock.

Chenab Rangers sources said they responded to the shots and an intermittent exchange of fire took place with the use of heavy weapons along the Working Boundary.

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On the other hand, Indian police accused Pakistan of injuring four people during firing along their border in Kashmir, on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the disputed region.

Police said overnight firing lasting several hours in the RS Pura sector on the recognised border injured two Indian border guards and two civilians.

“The Pakistani forces opened fire on BSF posts which lasted two hours from 10 pm last night,” Inspector General of Police in Jammu, Rajesh Kumar, told AFP.

Kumar said Pakistani soldiers fired heavy weapons and mortars and the Indian side responded.

Modi is due to visit the Ladakh region, high in the mountains of Kashmir, on Tuesday and address soldiers posted on the remote Siachen Glacier, dubbed the world's highest battlefield.

During the visit, Modi is expected to inaugurate two hydro power stations in nearby Leh and Kargil.

The incident comes days after Pakistan returned an Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier as a good will gesture.

The next day, the authorities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) had received the body of a villager killed by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC).

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