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), a resident of Londhi Hiranagar and Raghuveer Singh (50) of Satowali RS Pura, local reports said.
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 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).
Over 40,000 border villagers were forced to migrate from their homes due to the shelling, said the officer.