Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Two Civilians Killed, Three Injured In Pak Shelling Along LoC

Two Civilians Killed, Three Injured In Pak Shelling Along LoC

"The blasts triggered by mortar shelling have caused forest fire at various places in Jhanghar, Seir-Makri, Kalsiyan and Baba Khori areas in Nowshera", said Subdivisional Magistrate Harbans Lal Sharma.

As per reports, more than seven inhabited villages in the area of Manjakote, Rajouri district are under constant target of Pakistani Army.

Schools have also been shut along the LoC in Balakote sector in Poonch and people have been asked not to move out in border areas.

Mehta said Pakistani troops began firing weapons from small arms to mortars in the Nowshera sector of Kashmir, prompting a retaliation by Indian forces.

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Pakistan Army has been violating the rules from the past few months which resulted in the loss of the lives of several soldiers of India and Pakistan too.

He said the Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively while the firing is still on.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has expressed grief over death of two civilians and injuries to few others in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district today due to cross LoC shelling. Two civilians were killed and nine others, including four soldiers, were injured in Saturday's firing.

This is the fourth ceasefire violation along the LoC in as many days and the second in two days in Rajouri.

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Deputy Commissioner (Rajouri) Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said fresh ceasefire violation has been reported in chitibakri area of Chingus in Rajouri today. Hussain's wife Zaitoon Begum was critically injured and is undergoing treatment.

Pakistan Army had pounded civilian areas and forward posts along the LoC in Nowshera with mortars, killing two civilians and injuring three Saturday.

More than eight villages out of 26 vulnerable hamlets situated on the LoC are worst affected by the cross-border shelling. "The firing is presently on", an Indian defence ministry spokesperson told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Around 120 officers from various departments have been deployed to organise facilities at relief camp. Five BSF personnel were also killed and 25 others also injured in these incidents.

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India and Pakistan have a long history of bitter relations over Kashmir, a Himalayan territory claimed by both.

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