2 soldiers injured as Pak opens fire in Poonch

JAMMU. SEP 24: Two soldiers were today injured as Pakistan opened fire at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said.
Troops guarding the border retaliated and the exchange of fire between the two sides lasted for nearly 30 minutes.
A defence spokesman said that Pakistani troops opened fire and shelled forward posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali area of Balakote sector around 0300 hours, resulting in splinter injuries to two jawans.
Hundreds of border dwellers have been forced to flee their homes due to the Pakistani firing and shelling and take shelter at camps set up by the government. Incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year. Till August 1, there have been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army,
while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures by the Indian Army. (Agencies)