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Indian firing at border kills three injures 22

SIALKOT: At least three Pakistani citizens, including a minor, were killed and 22 injured along the Working Boundary area in Sialkot district during an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani security forces on Tuesday.
An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement late Tuesday evening said three civilians ─ including a minor ─ were killed due to “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops in Sukhial village.
Women and children are included among the 22 wounded in the exchange of fire in the Pukhlian and Bajwat sectors, the ISPR said.
Earlier today, the ISPR said “unprovoked shelling” across the Working Boundary in Sukhial village had injured three children and two women.
The ISPR added that Pakistani troops responded to the shelling in a “befitting” manner.
An Indian website said officials claimed firing from the Pakistani side had killed one Indian civilian.
In July, Pakistani officials blamed the BSF for killing four civilians in two separate incidents of cross-border firing in Sialkot’s Chaprar sector and Rawalakot’s Neza Pir sector.
India moreover accused Pakistan of killing three border guards and one civilian.
Tensions along the border between the two neighbours have escalated despite an hour-long meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Ufa, Russia on July 10.
A border ceasefire agreement signed by the neighbours in 2003 has largely held, but both frequently accuse each other of breaching it.

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