"At 10.55 pm on Thursday BSF troops at the Regaal border post of Samba district noticed some suspicious movements following which they fired four to five rounds of light machine gun fire," a senior police officer said here on Friday.

"Pakistan Rangers at the Dhandhar post on their side also fired a few rounds in retaliation. Firing exchange between the two sides continued for sometime," he added.

It may be mentioned here that Pakistan has been violating the ceasefire for the past two days.

On Thursday, Pakistani Rangers started firing in early morning hours using small arms and automatic weapons. However, BSF effectively retaliated. No casualty or damage had been reported on the Indian side.

On January 13, Pakistani Rangers used mortars and shelling target border outposts of the BSF in Samba district of the Jammu region.

It is worth mentioning that over 10,000 residents of border villages in Samba and Kathua districts were lodged in makeshift camps away from their homes following indiscriminate shelling of civilian habitations by Pakistan earlier this month.

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