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Pakistan used heavy artillery: Army

Pakistan has used heavy artillery guns to target military and civilian areas, the Indian Army said on Wednesday, warning that any “misadventure” will get a response in a fitting manner with “dire consequences.”

“In the last 24 hours, Pakistan resorted to intense and unprovoked firing with heavy calibre weapons including heavy artillery guns in selected areas along the Line of Control (LoC) targeting Army posts and civilian areas,” the Army said in a statement.

The Army said it “effectively retaliated” and there were no casualties on the Indian side.

“Pakistan used 155mm artillery guns in the Naushera sector,” a defence source said. Small arms and light mortars are routinely used by both sides in cross-border firing, but use of heavy artillery is a sign of escalation.

Reiterating that as a professional Army, they are committed to avoid civil casualties, especially along the LoC, the statement said that all actions taken by the defence forces are targeted towards “counter terrorism and terrorist infrastructure, away from civilian areas, to avoid civilian casualties.”

It said a strict vigil was being maintained along the LoC and International Boundary.

Source: thehindu.com

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