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An Army soldier was also killed in the indiscriminate firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district in Jammu.

Pakistan continued heavy mortar shelling throughout the night along nearly entire International Border (IB) in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts and Line of Control (LoC) in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.

He said that similar ceasefire violations were witness in Rambagh and Hiranagar areas as well where two civilians were killed in Rambagh and two casualties were reported from Hiranagar besides injuries to four others.

The Pakistani troops targeted around 45 border outposts (BoPs) and around 50 village in five sectors of R S Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh, Samba and Hirnagar along a 40-km stretch along the IB.

With the data in the first month of 2018, Pakistan has led 70 ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC) in 18 days.

“Pakistan resorted to unprovoked shelling in Gajansoo area of Kanachak sector in Jammu this afternoon and shells fell in the Gajansoo bus stand in which two persons were injured.

Educational institutions close to where the shelling and firing were taking place have been closed for the next three days, they said. The deceased Army jawan was identified as sepoy Mandeep Singh. Around 10,000 residents of border villages in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts have migrated, leaving behind their homes, fields and cattle.

"It was conveyed to the concerned authorities in Pakistan that deliberate targeting of innocent civilians was against all established humanitarian norms and practices", the statement said, adding that Pakistan was asked to adhere to the 2003 truce.

A BSF man and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawan were also injured in cross-border firing.

BSF Director General K.K. Sharma on Thursday described the situation on the IB as "tense". Sources said that the injured were shifted to hospital in bullet-proof vehicles.

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