Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan has claimed several lives on both sides of the Line of Control and wounded many others, both countries claimed on Monday. While the Indian Army reported the death of a Border Security Force jawan and an eight-year-old boy, Pakistani authorities said two civilians, including a one-year-old were killed in the firing, ANI reported. There were conflicting reports about the number of the injured and the victims' ages.
According to a Reuters report, Indian officials said the firing took place in the Jammu and Kashmir's RS Pura, Pargwal and Kanachak sectors, while Islamabad's authorities said the Harpal, Pukhlian and Charwah sectors were affected in the exchange of fire. A BSF spokesperson told the news agency that five civilians were injured.
India has said that there has been an increase in ceasefire violations after it carried out surgical strikes on “terror launchpads” along the Line of Control on September 29. Officials reported breaches on October 3, 4 and 5 along the border in the region. On September 18, militants had attacked an Indian Army installation in Uri, killing 19 soldiers. India had accused Pakistan of being involved in the attack, but Islamabad has dismissed the allegations as “baseless”.