Indian army soldiers keep guard in Kashmir
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An eight-year-old boy was killed while four other people were injured in shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in the Kanachak sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

Head Constable Sushil Kumar, a jawan of the Border Security Force (BSF), succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Jammu on Sunday night after getting injured in cross-border firing by Pakistani rangers in RS Pura sector on Sunday. Another jawan was also injured.

This comes a day after BSF jawan Gurnam Singh passed away at a hospital in Jammu after getting injured in firing by the neighbouring country at Bobiya post in the Hiranagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district on Friday night.

A BSF spokesperson told the daily that Pakistani rangers had targeted 13 Indian outposts and villages in RS Pura, Pargwal and Kanachak sectors using mortar shells and firing small arms.

"We're ready for any eventuality. If they try to do anything, they will be given a befitting reply. We are fully prepared for that," Additional Director General Arun Kumar said, warning Pakistan against any untoward incident.

"We will give a befitting reply to Pakistan as our two soldiers have been martyred," Director General of BSF KK Sharma told reporters, adding that the BSF "never target civilian areas. We target areas from where firing comes." 

Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities said that a one-year-old baby was killed while seven others were injured in overnight firing by Indian troops across the border.