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Woman shot dead on Pakistan border

Jammu: BSF personnel shot dead a woman who sneaked across the international border into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan, police said on Friday.

Border Security Force personnel shot dead the woman near Chak Phagwari post along the International Border in Akhnoor sector in Jammu region, a police officer said.

Deputy Inspector General of BSF Jammu Frontier Dharmender Pareek told IANS that the woman was identified by Pakistan Rangers as Rashida Begum, in her 40s.

“The intruder was repeatedly challenged but she ignored all warnings and crossed the border late on Thursday night. Troops then fired to foil the intrusion. Once we found her body in a search operation on Friday, it was photographed and the picture was shown to Pakistan Rangers for her identification.

“They confirmed that the woman belonged to one of the villages in their country and was missing since yesterday (Thursday). They also informed that she left her home after an issue in her family and crossed over the border by mistake,” Pareek said.

The officer said the woman’s body was handed over to Pakistan Rangers on the International Border on Friday evening.

Considering the intrusion attempt a serious incident, the officer said the woman might have been sent here by Pakistani intelligence agencies to check security arrangements.

IANS