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Army finds 50-metre tunnel near border

Army finds 50-metre  tunnel near border
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In the most intense firing along the International Border so far, Pakistani troops targeted 22 Border Security Force (BSF) posts and several villages in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday night, killing at least two civilians and injuring five others.

Pak firing kills two civilians in J&K

Army begins massive evacuation of villagers


Jammu: In the most intense firing along the International Border so far, Pakistani troops targeted 22 Border Security Force (BSF) posts and several villages in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday night, killing at least two civilians and injuring five others.
Border villagers along with belongings shift to a community hall for shelter at RS Pura on Friday in view of firing from Pakistan side. PTI
The deceased -- an eight-year-old child and his father -- and four of those injured are members of the same family. Their house was shelled during the firing. The army began massive evacuation of villagers from the affected border areas.

Pakistani troops reportedly targeted the BSF posts and villages in the Arnia and RS Pura sectors around midnight using long range mortar shells and heavy to medium machine guns.

Meanwhile, Army troops discovered a 50-metre long tunnel near a forward post along India-Pakistan border in Jammu region's sensitive Pallanwala sector which could have been used to infiltrate militants into India. "On Aug 22 (Friday), Army personnel during routine patrolling in Pallanwala sector found a tunnel approximately 50 metres long near the Chakla post on the Indian side of the Line of Control. The tunnel is approximately two-and-a-half ft wide and three-and-a-half ft high and is leading towards the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK)," Army spokesman said.

It appears to be an incomplete tunnel as no exit has been found on the Indian side, he said in a statement here.

"Troops are carrying out thorough search of the area to ascertain further details which is taking time due to the existing minefield," the spokesman said.

The tunnel could have been used to infiltrate militants into the Indian territory, Army sources said.

The Army is strengthening its counter-infiltration grid to prevent any attempt by Pakistan Army to send ultras into India, the sources said.

Several senior officers including, Corps Commanders of the 15 and the 16 Corps, are constantly reviewing preparedness of troops on the ground, they said.

The tunnel is near the stretch where militants had made an infiltration bid on July 22 this year in which an ultra and a jawan were killed.

Army troops had also detected a tunnel in same area in 2008.

On July 27, 2012, a cross-border tunnel was detected after earth caved in at two to three places due to rains near BSF's Chillayari Border Out Post (BOP) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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