New Delhi: Mood along the India-Pakistan border remained tense after Indian Air Force carried out the air strike at the terror facility in Balakot area in Pakistan in which at least 300 JeM terrorists, trainers and commanders were neutralised. Pakistani Army in retaliation started heavy shelling at 12-15 places along the Line of Control (LoC).

Giving a befitting reply to the firing across the border, Indian forces destroyed five Pakistani posts, which have resulted in a number of casualties to Pakistan troops.

From 6:30 pm onwards, the Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with heavy calibre weaponry along the LoC out of frustration, the Army said.

The sectors targeted include Krishna Gati, Balakote, Khari Karmara, Mankote, Tarkundi in Poonch district, Kalal, Baba Khori, Kalsian, Laam and Jhangar areas in Rajouri and Pallanwala and Laleali in Jammu. The Pakistan Army resorted to firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and civilian areas along LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts.

Pakistani troops were seen firing mortars and missiles from civilian houses, using villagers as human shields. However, the Indian Army targeted Pakistani posts away from civilian localities.

As per the Indian Army, retaliatory firing resulted in severe destruction and a number of casualties to Pakistan Army personnel.

Among the five soldiers, who suffered injuries, two of them were evacuated to the Military Hospital for medical treatment. Their condition is said to be stable.

Meanwhile, a massive encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Memander area of Shopian district.