June 2002 News

Kashmiri borders relatively calm: Police

17 June 2002
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: Kashmiri borders were relatively calm overnight, with Indian and Pakistani soldiers trading mainly small arms fire although shelling continued in some areas, police said on Monday. Police also reported that two terrorists were killed in a gunbattle with soldiers in western Rajouri district overnight. A police spokesman said along the Line of Control (LoC) Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged mortar and artillery fire. ''In the northwestern Nowshera sector and southern RS Pora sectors between 40 and 50 shells were traded. It is very small compared to last week. The intensity has reduced considerably,'' the spokesman said. ''Along the international borders small arms fire took place. It is relatively quiet,'' the spokesman said. He said no shelling was reported from the western region of Poonch, one of the main flashpoints along the LoC. Two weeks ago 14 people were killed in the region. At least 42 Indians have been killed in the shelling since it began in earnest in mid-May following an attack on a bus and an army camp in Kashmir. Pakistani officials have put the toll on their side at more than 100.


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