Fire exchange along Working Boundary kills 14-year-old girl

Updated January 03, 2015

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SIALKOT: A 14-year-old girl was killed on Saturday in Sialkot's Shakargarh sector in an exchange of fire between Chenab Rangers personnel and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the Working Boundary, sources said.

Fourteen-year-old Samira was a resident of Sialkot's Aasi Nagar and following her death, panic prevailed in the area with locals starting to move to safer locations, sources in the Chenab Rangers said.

Moreover, eight-year-old Mursaleen of Bhika Chak was also injured as a result of exchange of fire in Shakargarh sector.

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Situation along the Working Boundary has been tense since India and Pakistan reported casualties in clashes in the area and near Line of Control (LoC).

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Pakistan says the latest round of incidents began when Indian border guards killed two Chenab Rangers’ personnel in Shakargarh sector on Wednesday after calling them for a flag meeting on the Working Boundary.

Meanwhile, India says four Pakistani troopers were killed on Wednesday on the de facto border in Kashmir after the killing of an Indian border guard earlier that day.

On Friday, Pakistan renewed its demand for investigation into the killing of two paramilitary troops on the Working Boundary and said that the incident had damaged the bilateral mechanisms for peace on the tense LoC and WB.

Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz wrote a letter to his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj conveying the protest of the Pakistan government over the Rangers’ killing and calling for a probe and punishment for the BSF soldiers involved in the incident.

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