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Security forces destroy live mortar shell in Poonch

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Jammu: Security forces destroyed a live mortar shell fired by the Pakistan Army, targeting a village along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Thursday, sources said.
The villagers informed the security forces about the live shell in the Mankote forward area in Mendhar sector, they said.
Troops rushed to the spot and destroyed the live mortar shell, the sources added.
Meanwhile, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by heavily shelling forward areas in two sectors along the LoC in Poonch district, prompting the Indian Army to retaliate, officials said.
A few structures were damaged in the shelling, they said.
At about 2000 hours, the Pakistan Army fired with small arms and shelled mortars in Balakote and Mendhar sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said.
He said the Indian Army is retaliating befittingly.
Pakistani troops violated ceasefire 51 times last month and shelled areas along the LoC in Rajouri, Poonch, Kupwara and Baramulla districts on a daily basis. (PTI)

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