9 civilians killed, 11 injured in cross border firing @ LoC: Pakistan Army

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(KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

(KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that Indian troops targeted a passenger bus in Pakistan Administered Kashmir’s Lawat area, killing nine people and injuring 11 others.

Dawn reported quoting Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), “Indian troops also fired at an ambulance which went into the area for evacuation.”

“Indian troops hit a passenger coaster with small and big arms in the town of Lawat, killing nine passengers and injuring 11 others,” Dawn report quoting Jamil Mir, superintendent of police (SP) in Neelum Valley, said.

“Four bodies and all 11 injured persons have arrived in District Headquarters Hospital Athmuqam, but five bodies are still in the coaster,” SP Mir told Dawn.

Reports said that shelling in Neelum valley had begun at about 3:00am, but intensified in the morning.

ISPR in a statement confirmed that Pakistani and Indian troops had exchanged fire across the LoC on Wednesday.

“Indian troops targeted a civilian bus near the LoC in Neelum Valley,” the ISPR said, adding that four people were killed and seven injured when the bus was near Dhudnial.

Meanwhile, army on Tuesday claimed three soldiers were killed along the LoC.

The army also claimed that the body of one of the dead soldiers had been “mutilated.”

Tensions between Pakistan and India have been running high following “surgical strike”, unrest in Kashmir and the Uri army base attack in September.

Since then there have been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing in Kashmir, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.

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