A senior police officer informed three BSF soldiers  were injured in the fresh firing by pakistani rangers as they continued mortar shelling and automatic weapons firing in Akhnoor, Ramgarh, Arnia and Kanachak sectors along the international border.

"Five civilians have been injured in Pakistani shelling during the night. Two people were injured in Ramgarh sector of Samba district while three injured in Kanachak area of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district," the police officer said.

All the injured have been shifted to government medical college (GMC) hospital in Jammu city."A mortar shell fired by Pakistan Rangers exploded in Arnia town during the night, but no casualty occurred because residents of the town have already moved to safer locations."Intermittent firing exchanges between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers are still going on at some places on the border.

With these injuries, the total number of injured in Pakistani shelling has gone up to 60.Seven civilians have been killed so far in the targeted firing from the Pakistani side in civilian areas close to the border since October 6.

Over 20,000 people from the border villages have abandoned their homes to avoid being targeted by Pakistani shelling of civilian habitations in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.

Meanwhile, Jitendra Singh, minister of state (PMO), who visited the affected areas on Wednesday in Jammu and Samba districts told reporters the BSF has been adequately responding to Pakistan's ceasefire violations on the international border.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah directed the state administration to take all requisite measures for ensuring safety of life of the people in areas hit by border shelling.

Top Union government sources said India is giving a "massive" reply to the "totally unprovoked" shelling by Pakistan and will continue to do so unless the other side stops.

The sources also said India will not give in to "coercive diplomacy" by Pakistan and will respond strongly to Pakistani shelling.The sources cited media reports in Pakistan to say that 35 people have been killed in the last two days on that side 20 on Tuesday and 15 on Wednesday.

The sources, however, noted that there was no independent confirmation of this casualty figures.

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