Jammu, August 23, CNS: India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the Ranbir Singh Pura region of Jammu along line of Control in which two Indian civilians were killed and several others were wouned. Pakistani media reported that two Pak civilians were also killed in the Indian firing.
Defence spokesperson told CNS that Indian forces retaliated after Pakistani forces fired guns and mortar rounds on more than a dozen Indian border posts and at least three villages in Ranbir Singh Pura region.
One Indian border guard and three civilians were wounded, but their injuries weren't life threatening, he said.
According to reports villagers in RS Pora took shelter in bunkers after the heavy firing and shelling.
Pakistani media while quoting a senior army officer said two villagers were killed Saturday when the Indian border security force "resorted to unprovoked firing" along the border near the city of Sialkot in the Pakistani portion of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Indian Defence minister Arun Jaitley strongly condemned the killing of two civilians by Pak troops in the R S Pura sector of Jammu. Talking to reporters at Visakhapatnam, Jaitley said, “Its condemnable that the Pak troops killed civilians. Killing civilians during war itself is condemnable act and such an incident during the time of peace and ceasefire is worst. Its highly condemnable.” (CNS)