Cross LoC firing: four army men including captain killed, three injured in Rajouri, schools closed

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Four Indian army men, including an army captain, were killed and another along with two children were injured after the armies of both India and Pakistan exchanged gun fires at various places along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir, reports claimed.

Official sources confirmed that there have been four fatal casualties on the Indian side in Bhimber Gali sector of Poonch district. However, details were awaited, reported Indian Express.

The injured civilians have been identified as Gulnaz Begum, 15, of Islamabad and Yasir Arif, 6, of Shahpur, and sources said both sustained splinter injuries. An Army man too was injured in shelling at Shahpur, sources said.

Pointing out that Pakistani shelling started around 11.15 am in Shahpur area, sources said it spread to Balakote sector in Mendhar and Manjakote in adjoining Rajouri district. The mortar shells were aimed at even near residential areas, sources said, Indian Express reported.

The shelling across the LoC comes two days after Border Security Force personnel in Samba district foiled an infiltration bid from across the International Border.

Meanwhile the district administration Rajouri has closed all 84 schools located near the LoC for three days.

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