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5 killed, 10 injured in Pakistani shelling

Jammu, May 18: Five people, including four civilians and a BSF trooper, were killed and 10 others injured on Friday in Pakistani shelling and firing on the international border in Jammu district, officials said. Police said the five, including Border Security Force constable Sitaram Upadhyay, were killed by the Pakistan Rangers in R.S. Pura, Arnia and Bishnah sectors. The civilian dead included a 45-year-old woman and three males. “Ten others, including an assistant sub-inspector of BSF, have been injured and they are being treated in hospital,” a police officer said. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the killings at a time when the Indian government has announced a ceasefire in the state. The Chief Minister tweeted: “Continued firing on the border in Jammu is cause of pain and worry. Sad that while our country took the lead in starting peace initiatives with cessation of operations during Ramzan, Pakistan has shown no respect whatsoever for this holy month.” (IANS)