Civilian porter dead in Pak LoC firing

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A 22-year-old civilian was killed on Saturday in heavy shelling and firing by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, an army spokesperson said.

The Indian troops, they added, retaliated "strongly and effectively" by using similar calibre weapons.

Earlier, a civilian porter had died when Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing in the Kamalkote sector on October 21.

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The exchanges which began at 11 am continued "intermittently" till the reports last came in. Sources said intermittent firing was continuing in the area.

The incidents of ceasefire violation, which were 228 past year, have already crossed 500 since January.

There has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year. "A civilian working as a porter for the Army was killed", an army official said.

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It is the highest number of ceasefire violations in almost a decade, the official said.

They said that soon after the ceasefire violation, the Army has started a combing operation in the area.

The firing also comes nine days after the Pakistan army fired indiscriminately on Indian forward positions, killing an army jawan and a civilian porter, besides injuring five others in the Kirshna Ghati sector in Poonch district. Till June 30, there were 23 ceasefire violations on the International Border.

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