5 civilians killed, 30 injured in cross-border shelling in Jammu

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Srinagar, May 23: At least five civilians were killed and thirty others, including three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, were injured in the latest exchange of fire and shelling along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. Two among the deceased were identified as Rampal Sharma (55), resident of Londhi Hiranagar and Raghuveer Singh (50) of Satowali RS Pura.
Reports said that heavy firing was reported in Hiranagar, Samba, Kathua, Arnia and RS Pura areas of Jammu division throughout the night.
Quoting BSF officials, a report said that nearly 40 of their border outposts were targeted by the Pakistan Rangers.
As a precautionary move, all schools within 5-km radius from the IB have been ordered to remain closed.
“The Pakistan Rangers indulged in heavy and indiscriminate shelling of mortar bombs and firing of small arms and automatic weapons on Tuesday night, targeting villages in the Ramgarh and Samba sectors,” a police officer said.
The Pakistani side resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing at the Border Security Force and civilian facilities for the third consecutive on Wednesday, a police officer said.
Although the BSF was strongly and effectively retaliating, the officer said that there were confirmed large scale migration from R.S. Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh and other sectors close to the international border (IB).