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19 Oct 2017, 16:16 HRS IST
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  • Schools shut in areas hit by Pakistani shelling near LoC

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17:13 HRS IST

Jammu, Oct 13 (PTI) Pakistan Army's heavy shelling along the Line of Control in Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir today forced authorities to shut schools in forward areas.

"The schools along the LoC in Digwar and Khadi Karmara were closed because of the firing and shelling by Pakistan today," said Poonch Deputy Commissioner Tariq Ahmed Zargar.

He, however, said the schools have been shut for a day.

Zargar said the situation was under control as firing from across the border stopped in the afternoon.

Schools in areas unaffected by the firing remained open, he added.

Pakistani security forces today violated the ceasefire with India for the second consecutive day. They fired small arms and shelled the forward areas in Poonch district.

An Indian Army jawan and a porter died in their firing yesterday. Another six were injured.

"The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively," a defence spokesman said earlier in the day.

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