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    Indias' Punjab State Evacuates Border Districts Following Kashmir Strikes

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    The authorities of the Indian state of Punjab ordered to evacuate all villages located within a 10-kilometer (6-mile) distance from the 553-km-long border with Pakistan following the strikes, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The authorities of the Indian state of Punjab ordered the evacuation of villages bordering Pakistan after India carried out anti-terror "surgical strikes" across the line of control in Kashmir, local media reported Thursday.

    Earlier in the day, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, India's army director-general of military operations, said that India carried out strikes against suspected positions of terrorists in the disputed areas of Kashmir region under the Pakistani control.

    The authorities ordered to evacuate all villages located within a 10-kilometer (6-mile) distance from the 553-km-long border with Pakistan following the strikes, the Greater Kashmir newspaper said.

    According to the newspaper, the authorities used loudspeakers to inform the citizens about the evacuation. Schools and other institutions in the border belt were ordered to close.

    The newspaper also said, citing informed sources, that the Border Security Force (BSF) started enhancing the border security and mobilizing the troops.

    Kashmir has been disputed between India and Pakistan since partition of India in 1947. The two countries have gone through three wars over the region, but the conflict has not been resolved. The recent escalation is connected with the killing of Burhan Wani, the leader of a Kashmiri separatist group, outlawed in India, by Indian security forces in July 2016.


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