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[Representational Image] J&K: Encounter with security forces, army leaves 2 militants dead.Reuters

Even as India celebrates its 69th Independence Day on Saturday, Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Mandi and Saujian sectors of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, injuring two civilians.

The injured have been identified as Wali Mohammad and Noor Mohammad, Hindustan Times reports.

Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing around 12 am and stopped the assault at 3 am. However, it resumed firing again at 7:30 am. Indian troops retaliated with equal force.

"They are using 82 mm mortars and automatics to target our positions in Mandi and Saujiyan sectors," Military spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS.

"Our troops are appropriately and effectively retaliating. Firing exchanges are still going on at these places," Mehta said.

Pakistan had violated ceasefire on its own Independence Day on 14 August. It had fired with automatic weapons and 82 mm mortar bombs on forward posts and civilian areas in Shahpur Kerni belt of Poonch district early in the morning, according to a PTI report. 

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