CEASEFIRE VIOLATION

BSF kills seven Pak Rangers, one terrorist on Jammu border

bsf-loc-kashmir-afp (File) A BSF ranger stands guard along the LoC | AFP

BSF on Friday said it had killed seven personnel of Pakistani Rangers and a terrorist, while retaliating to a ceasefire violation on the international border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. One BSF jawan was injured in the incident.

Pakistan Rangers, the border force of Pakistan, resorted to sniper attacks at Indian posts at Hira Nagar in Kathua at around 9:35 AM, BSF said.

The Indian border guarding force launched an aggressive offensive against the Pakistani firing, BSF said in a release, adding seven Rangers and a terrorist were shot dead in the retaliatory firing.

Seeking to suggest that the killings had been corroborated by Pakistani media, the BSF said "source input" claimed that a media organisation in that country was running a news item about death of 5 Rangers.

The strong response by the BSF came after one of Constables Gurnam Singh was injured in a sniper fire attack by Pakistani Rangers this morning in the same area.

Singh, whose condition is considered to be critical, was evacuated with the cover fire to Government Medical College, Jammu.

This firing from Pakistan was effectively retaliated and that has claimed the casualties of Pakistani forces, the release said.

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