BSF soldier killed in Pak firing

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"After the completion of cultivation (season), sniping and cross border firing is a usual thing and the latest incidents are the part of this phenomenon", the BSF chief said.

Pakistan Rangers resorted to firing at Indian positions at 11.30 pm and intermittent exchange of fire was continuing till this afternoon, a BSF officer said.

But this time, Pakistani troops also fired and Constable Devender Singh Baghel, who was firing his LMG, was hit by a bullet, through the loophole, in the left eye. The foiled infiltration attempt came 24 hours after a high alert had been sounded in Kathua and Samba districts, following the sighting of some suspects in Hiranagar's Bobbiyan area on Sunday night.

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He said that the terrorists had sneaked in using a tunnel. "We will track and neutralise them soon", said KK Sharma, Director General (DG) of BSF.

"Two infiltration attempts were made along the global border since Sunday night". We have not so far detected any tunnel but we are looking for it. "The anti-tunneling exercise is going on", he said. Army helicopters are carrying out search operations in the area. The deceased included 17 security personnel.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to attend several official functions during his day-long visit on Saturday to the state. The crossfire incidents along the IB over the past three months have reduced considerably after the intense border confrontations in January and February, which led to many casualties. The border along the IB has been witnessing he frequent ceasefire violation by Pakistan since last few months.