LoC flare-up: 4 killed, 11 injured as Indo-Pak exchange bullets, shells



    Srinagar: Three children were killed and 11 civilians injured as Pakistani Army today fired unprovoked and shelled forward border villages and Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

    “Pakistani Army this morning violated ceasefire agreement and fired unprovoked, targeted forward Indian posts and villages,” official sources here said.

    They said small arms and mortars were fired which landed Qasba and Kerni villages of Poonch.

    Minor boy namely Ashfaq Ahmed, 9, a resident of Naka Qasba, Yasmeen Akhter,15, a resident of Degwar and Tazeem Akhter,17, killed in the shelling while 11 other civilians also sustained injuries out of which three critically injured were shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu.

    The injured were identified as Saleema, 45,Soheeb Akhtar, 11, Mohd Sadiq, 35, Yasar, 12, Mohammad Sadiq, 45, Muneer Hussain, 45, Mohd Rafiq, 38, Reshmabi, 70.

    “Indian Army gave befitting reply to the ceasefire violation,” they said.

    Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh termed the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Pakistan as ‘coward act.’ “Pakistan is a terrorist state. On one hand it is showing white flags but on the other, targeting innocent civilians.”

    Dr Singh, however, said Army is giving befitting reply to them.

    On September 30, a tunnel dug by Pakistan was found by the BSF along international border in Arnia sector. An infiltration attempt was also foiled by the BSF troops.

    On September 29, Pakistani Rangers and BSF held flag meeting and agreed to maintain calm and tranquility along the border.

    Another civilian was martyred, and four others injured in unprovoked Indian firing in Rakhchikri sector along the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday.

    “One civilian [identified as]M Din embraced martyrdom,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

    Pakistan Army effectively engaged Indian posts targeting civil population. “[There were] reports of two Indian posts destroyed,” the communique added.