BSF says it killed 15 Rangers; Pakistan denies

Jammu: BSF today said it had killed 15 Pakistani paramilitary personnel while retaliating to cross- border shelling and firing in which two Indian civilians were killed and two injured in Jammu region.

Firing mortar shells and using automatic weapons, Pakistani troops targeted civilian areas and forward security posts along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

BSF said that as per the ammunition used in firing and shelling, it appeared that Pakistani Army is supporting its paramilitary Rangers along the IB.

In retaliatory firing, 15 Pakistani rangers have been killed so far, BSF said.

BSF Additional Director General Arun Kumar told reporters here that a befitting reply was being given to the Pakistani shelling and firing.
“Fifteen Pakistani soliders have been killed in retaliatory firing and shelling by BSF. We have destroyed their OP (outposts) and damaged a few,” Kumar said.
As per the ammunition (120 mm mortars) used, it appears that Pakistani army is supporting the Rangers, he said after laying wreath at the mortal remains of BSF martyr Jitendra Kumar.
“In the Pakistani shelling, one civilian died in Khour belt of Pallanwala sector today,” Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said, adding another civilian was injured in R S Pura sector.
Similarly, one woman Usma Bi, aged 50 years, was killed in shelling by Pakistan on Gohlad village in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district today, Defence spokesman said.
Another civilian was injured in area, the reports said.
Pakistani has, however, denied the killing of its soldiers.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) dismissed India’s claim of killing Pakistani soldiers along the Working Boundary.
“India’s claim of killing any Pakistani soldier along the Working Boundary is absolutely baseless and untrue,” the military’s media wing said in a statement to Express Tribune.