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4 BSF Personnel, Including Officer, Killed In Ceasefire Violation By Pakistan In J&K's Samba

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| June 13 , 2018 , 08:05 IST

At least 4 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an assistant commandant rank officer, were killed and 5 others injured when Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing along the International Border (IB) in the Samba district of Jammu, a senior BSF officer said on Wednesday.

"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.

The toll of the injured was increased to 5 by Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid in a tweet on the incident.

"In Ramgarh Jammu sector of IB, 4 BSF personnel were martyred including one Asstt Commandant and 5 injured due to firing from across. Our heart goes to those who lost their dear ones," Vaid tweeted on Wednesday.

According to reports, the firing from across the border began around 10:30 PM on Tuesday in the Chamliyal post area of Ramgarh sector and continued till Wednesday 4:30 AM. The BSF fired in retaliation to the firing from Pakistan.  

The incident marks the second major ceasefire violation along the International Border this month, taking place despite the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) of Pakistan and India agreeing on May 29 to re-implement the ceasefire pact of 2003.

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Earlier on June 3, a total of 2 BSF personnel, including an assistant sub-inspector were killed and 10 persons, mostly civilians, injured in heavy shelling by Pakistan along the IB in the Pragwal, Kanachak and Khour sectors.

With the latest ceasefire violation, the total death toll due to Pakistani firing along the IB and Line of Control (LoC) this year has reached 50, including 24 security personnel.

Civilians along the border areas were earlier moved to safer places in light of the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan.