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CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 25, 2009) ?? An Indian army Soldier prepares to advance towards a village with U.S. Soldiers from Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment ?Strykehorse,? 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii during a dismounted patrol conducted by both armies during Exercise Yudh Abyas 09, a bilateral exercise involving the Armies of India and the United States. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs)
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Jammu: India and Pakistan traded heavy firing exchanges on the International Border in Jammu district on Thursday on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s day-long visit to the region, police said.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 25, 2009)  ?? An Indian army Soldier prepares to advance towards a village with U.S. Soldiers from Troop A,  2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment ?Strykehorse,? 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii during a dismounted patrol conducted by both armies during Exercise Yudh Abyas 09, a bilateral exercise involving the Armies of India and the United States. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs)
File Photo. Camp Bundela, India (Oct. 25, 2009). Photo by Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs)

“Heavy firing exchanges between the BSF (Border Security Force) and Pakistan Rangers have been taking place since early morning,” a police officer said.

The Abdullian, Tubewell number five, Kathmariana, Korotana and Sangral BSF posts in R.S.Pura area are being targeted.

“No casualty has been reported on our side so far,” the officer added.

On Wednesday, a woman was killed and four other people – two troopers and two civilians – were injured in indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan Rangers in Akhnoor sector of the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

Frightened villagers living close to the International Border showed journalists bullet marks and gaping holes in their homes made by Pakistan shelling and firing.

Pakistan shelling has occurred after Indian and Pakistan prime ministers issued a joint statement pledging themselves to building peace between the two countries.

(IANS)

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