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Heavy shelling by Pak. along LoC

JAMMU, AUG. 18. Pakistani troops today resorted to heavy mortar shelling along the Line of Control (Loc) in several forward areas in Poonch and Rajouri sectors, while one person was injured in cross-border firing along the international border in Jammu sector last night, official sources said here.

Indian troops retaliated and exchange of fire continued till this morning. The shelling along the LoC took place in Sabzian, Noushera, Bhimbergali, Kerni, Mendhar, Krishna Gati and Balakote areas, sources said, adding that terrified villagers in some areas of Noushera and Poonch abandoned their houses and sought refuge at safer places.

However, there was no loss of life or damage to property on this side. Pakistani troops also resorted to firing and shelling on border outposts and civilian areas along the international border in R.S. Pura, Samba, Hira Nagar and Akhnoor sub-sectors of Jammu frontier since Friday. One civilian was injured in the firing at Suchetgarh border outpost.

- PTI

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