Jammu and Kashmir: Army man succumbs, border firing toll 11

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An Army soldier injured in Poonch succumbed to injuries last night, taking the death toll in the border firing in Jammu and Kashmir to 11 since Thursday, police said.

Signalman Chandan Kumar Rai (25), posted in a forward post in Mankote sector of Poonch district, was injured in Pakistani firing yesterday and succumbed to injuries at the military hospital last night, a police official said.

His death raised the number of persons killed in the Pakistani firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in five districts of Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Poonch and Rajouri since Thursday to 11.

The dead included six civilians, three armymen and two BSF personnel.

While a BSF man and a teenaged girl were killed on Thursday, four persons – two civilians and one each BSF man and Army man were killed – and over 40 others, including two BSF personnel, injured in the Pakistani firing on Friday.

Three civilians and an Army man were killed and 16 others injured in the ceasefire violations yesterday.

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