Five killed, 2 injured in cross border firing in Poonch’s Balakote sector



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Five members of a family were killed after the armies of both India and Pakistan exchanged gun firing and Pakistan shelling on Sunday morning in Balakote area of Jammu and Kashmir, the border state’s police chief SP Vaid said.

Two persons injured in the ceasefire violation were shifted to a hospital, director general of police Vaid tweeted.

Choudhary Ramzan, his wife, Malka Bi, and their three sons were killed in Poonch’s Devta village while two girls were critically injured, a police officer said.

The ceasefire violation comes at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between the two countries, which have in recent days accused each other of harassing diplomats and their families, HT reported.


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