BSF officer killed in Pakistan sniper fire in Jammu and Kashmir

Assistant Commandant Vinay Prasad was hit by a sniper shot at about 10:50 am when he and his patrol party were out for 'carrying out border domination' along the IB.

Published: 15th January 2019 03:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th January 2019 12:36 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

JAMMU: An Assistant Commandant of BSF was killed in sniper firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

“BSF Assistant Commandant Vinay Prasad, who was part of the border domination party, was hit by sniper fire from Pakistan. He was evacuated to the Military Hospital, Satwari, in Jammu,” the BSF official said. The BSF commandant later succumbed to injuries at the army hospital.

He said the BSF was conducting border domination when the Pakistani troops’ sniper fire killed the jawan around 10.50 am.

The Pakistani troops also breached ceasefire along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district in Jammu.

Defence spokesman in Jammu, Lt Col Devender Anand said Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling on army positions and civilian areas in Sunderbani around 10 am.

He said the army men deployed along the LoC strongly retaliated.

He said there were no casualties or damage to property on this side of the LoC.

“The casualties and damage, if any, suffered by other side is not known,” the official said.

There has been no let up in border ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops this year.

On January 11, an army porter was killed in firing by Pakistani troops in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. On January 13, an army man was injured in Pakistani troops firing in Keri sector of Rajouri.

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