Army Jawans & Jammu Kashmir Police during a search operation after dozens of rusted grenades and bullets were recovered during excavation in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

BSF Kills 7 Pak Rangers, One Terrorist On Jammu Border 

Border Security Forces (BSF) on Friday said it had killed 7 personnel of Pakistani Rangers and a terrorist while retaliating to a ceasefire violation on the international border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir in which one BSF jawan was injured.

Pakistan Rangers, the border force of Pakistan, resorted to sniper attacks at Indian posts at Hira Nagar in Kathua at around 9.35 am, BSF said.

The Indian border guarding force launched an aggressive offensive against the Pakistani firing, BSF said in a release, adding seven Rangers and a terrorist were shot dead in the retaliatory firing.

Seeking to suggest that the killings had been corroborated by Pakistani media, the BSF said "source input" claimed that a media organisation in that country was running a news item about death of 5 Rangers.

The strong response by the BSF came after one of Constables Gurnam Singh was injured in a sniper fire attack by Pakistani Rangers this morning in the same area.

Singh, whose condition is considered to be critical, was evacuated with the cover fire to Government Medical College, Jammu.

This firing from Pakistan was effectively retaliated and that has claimed the casualties of Pakistani forces, the release said.

Giving further details, BSF spokesman said "today at about 0935 hours, Pakistan targetted a duty mound of BSF in Hira Nagar Sector of Bobiya BoP (Kathua district) and seriously injured young and brave Contable Gurnam Singh." Gurnam, a resident of Bhaleshar-Magowali in R S Pura tehsil of Jammu, was mainly instrumental in repulsing infiltration on the intervening night of October 19-20, BSF spokesman said.

Pakistani Rangers also started unprovoked fire in Kathua, Samba and Paragwal sectors of Jammu and befitting and caliberated reply was given by brave BSF troops, he said.

"Pak Rangers also used heavy 82 Mortar fire in Hiranagar sector and equally retaliated by BSF and firing stopped at 1700 hours," the spokesman said.

"Though one brave soldier of BSF sufferred serious injury, morale of troops is very high to counter and defeat any type of activities and aggression from Pak side," he said.