"Pakistan Rangers used mortars and automatic weapons to target three border outposts of the BSF in Samba district of the Jammu region on Monday," a senior police officer said.

"Pakistan shelling started at 8 pm. The BSF retaliated effectively," the officer said.

"Firing exchanges continued till 11.35 pm. No casualty or damage has so far been reported on our side," the officer added.

More than 10,000 residents of border villages in Samba and Kathua districts are lodged in makeshift camps away from their homes following indiscriminate shelling of civilian habitations by Pakistan earlier this month.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistani Rangers and BSF troops exchanged fire along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district. The mortar shells were targeted on Karol Krishna and Londi BoPs along the IB in Hiranagar belt of Kathua district around 9.40 PM on Sunday night.

The firing exchanges came after a few days of lull along the IB in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Firing exchanges and ceasefire by Pakistan Rangers were witnessed along the IB in Kathua district on January 6.

Five persons, including four jawans and a woman, died in the Pakistan firing and shelling along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir in January. Over 10,000 people were also displaced due to the firing.

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