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Officer among four BSF personnel killed in Samba border clash

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an officer, were killed and three others injured as the armies of India and Pakistan traded heavy fire along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Pakistan Rangers initiated cross border firing along IB in Ramgarh sector last night. We have lost four of our personnel, including an assistant commandant rank officer, while other 3 of our personnel suffered injuries," IG, BSF (Jammu Frontier) Ram Awtar said.

He said Pakistan Rangers and the BSF had recently agreed to ensure ceasefire along the IB but the former violated it by initiating cross-border firing.

The firing in Chamliyal post area of Ramgarh sector started around 10.30 pm Monday and continued till 4.30 am, a police official said, requesting anonymity.

He said it was not immediately clear whether the BSF personnel were killed last night or in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The BSF troops also fired in retaliation, the official said.

This is the second major clash along the IB this month and came despite Director General Military Operations (DGMO) of the two countries agreeing, on May 29, to implement the ceasefire pact of 2003 in "letter and spirit" and a sector commander-level (BSF DIG-Rangers Brigadier) meeting on June 4 to ensure peace by "holding fire" along the IB.

On June 3, two BSF personnel, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, were killed and 10 persons injured in heavy shelling and firing along the IB in Pragwal, Kanachak and Khour sectors.

The latest casualties take the number of those killed clashes along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) this year to 50, including 24 security personnel.

On May 29, the DGMOs of India and Pakistan agreed to "fully implement" the ceasefire pact of 2003 in "letter and spirit" forthwith to stop border skirmishes in J&K.