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Pakistan military ‘claims to shoot down Indian spy drone’

NEW DELHI: Pakistan military claimed on Wednesday that it had shot down an “Indian spy drone” along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber, in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

“The Indian spy drone had violated Pakistani airspace after which it was targeted by Pakistani forces and brought down for violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity”, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported quoting Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

“The spy drone is used for aerial photography,” Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) added in its press statement.

Pakistan military’s claim of shooting down the “Indian spy drone” came on the day when a woman was killed in firing by Pakistani Rangers on the international border in Jammu district.

A woman was killed and three people, including two civilians and a border security force (BSF) trooper, were injured in firing by Pakistani Rangers on the international border in Jammu district on Wednesday, an official said.

Poli Devi, 42, a resident of Akhnoor sector, has been killed in the firing, a senior police officer said.

“Three others – Ramesh Lal and Usha Devi, both civilians, and constable Anjali Kumar of 89 battalion of BSF – have been injured in the firing,” the officer said.

“Two of the injured persons have been shifted to Jammu city for treatment, while the third, Usha Devi, is being treated in a local hospital in Pargwal village near the border.”

The skirmishes were ongoing as of late Wednesday afternoon.

The unprovoked firing on the international border by Pakistan Rangers comes at a time when the state government is busy making arrangements for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu on Friday.

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