JAMMU, Jan 5 � A BSF trooper was killed and a woman critically injured in mortar shelling by Pakistan today on the international border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said, reports IANS.
The Border Security Force (BSF) constable � identified as Devinder Singh of the 9th Battalion � was killed in shelling by the Pakistan Rangers on Khawada post, a police official told IANS here.
The woman, identified as Shibo Devi, wife of Dewan Chand and a resident of Baingalard village in Samba, was hit by a mortar splinter.
She was taken to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu city in a critical condition, police said.
Pakistan also resorted to unprovoked shelling at three places in Ramgarh sector, also in Samba district, at 2 pm. The BSF retaliated using same calibre weapons.
Reports from Samba district said heavy firing and mortar shelling were still continuing in the area.
Tension gripped areas close to the international border in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts, as mortars fired by Pakistan landed as close as three km to the strategic Pathankote-Jammu national highway.
Police said mortars fired at Keso-Kamoor village of Ramgarh sector caused extensive damage to the house of villager Buti Ram. Today�s shelling by Pakistan came after a lull of two days.
On Saturday, three people � two BSF troopers and a woman � were killed and 10 people were injured in Pakistani firing.