India-Pakistan border skirmishes kills border guard on Kashmir border

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/15 11:48:20

An Indian border guard belonging to Border Security Force (BSF) was killed Friday during skirmishes between troops of India and Pakistan on International Border (IB) in Kashmir, officials said.

The exchange of small arms and artillery was reported along the IB in Arnia area of Ranbir Singh Pura sector of Jammu, the winter capital city of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"The firing is still going on," the officials said.

On Wednesday night, three border guards were wounded in a similar exchange. Indian border guards also claimed killing two Pakistani rangers.

According to Indian officials, over 300 incidents of ceasefire violations were recorded along the Line of Control (LoC) this year.

This year saw a surge in skirmishes on IB and LoC between the two countries.

Apart from troop casualties, the firing has claimed civilian lives on both sides, besides prompting migrations of residents from frontier areas.

LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India- and Pakistan-controlled parts.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

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