Five civilians killed in Indo-Pak firing across LoC

Tahir Bhat

Srinagar

Husband, wife killed as armies of India and Pakistan trade fire on LoC in Poonch sector of Pirpanjal region of Kashmir, reports said.

Mohammad Showkat and his wife Shafiya were killed after a shell fired from across the border hit their house in Khari Karmama area, local media reports said.

Their three children were injured in the attack, reports said, adding that they were shifted to District Hospsital Poonch for treatment.

On Pakistan controlled side three civilians were killed and six others injured in different parts of Abbaspur and Hajira Sectors due to Indian shelling, Pakistani media reported.

Mohammad Sharif, a 75-year-old resident of Bhaira village near Tetrinote crossing point in Hajira sector, lost his life after a mortar shell landed on his mud-house, destroying it completely, Dawn.com reported.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old married woman, Faiza Saleem, was killed and two young girls — Adiba, 22, and Mahnoor, 17 were injured in Satwal village of Abbaspur sector, the report added.

Another woman, Kulsoom, 35, was killed and her 14-year-old son Zahid was injured in Dhakki Chafar village of Abbaspur sector. the report said

“Initially, Zahid was injured and when Kulsoom rushed to rescue him, she too fell victim to the shelling and died on the spot,” the report quotes a local adminstrative official.

Two teenage boys, Rizwan Hanif, 16, and Faizan Ali, 14, were injured in Batol and Chaatra villages of the same sector.

In Kotli district, a 22-year-old girl, Aniba Jamshed, was critically injured in Indian firing in Lanjot village of Nakyal sector at about 6:30am, the report further said.

The heavily militarized LoC that splits the Kashmir between Pakistan and India has been extremely tense for quite some time, and as a result civilian casualties occur frequently.

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