LoC Flare-Up: Another Civilian Killed

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SRINAGAR: An elderly man was killed after he was seriously injured in the heavy exchange of firing between India and Pakistani armies in Mendhar area of Poonch district of Jammu region, officials said.

They said intense shelling was going on in the Mendhar sector since morning and in the evening, a 60-year-old Muhammad Sidiq was hit by splinters and seriously wounded. “He was taken to a nearby medical facility, but he died on the way,” officials told news agency KNO.

Defence sources said that Pakistan army resorted to intense shelling of small arms and firing with the automatic weapons to target forward posts and residential areas. “An elderly man was badly hit and he later succumbed,” they said.

Locals of Mendhar area of Poonch said that fear has gripped entire area due to heavy exchange of firing on both sides. “We have locked ourselves in our homes and also locked our livestock in the sheds. We aren’t able to venture out due to the intensify of shelling from both sides,” a group of residents said, adding that many of them have abandoned their homes and ran for safer places along with children and cattle.

Earlier, a 40-year-old man identified as Mohammad Arif was killed and several others were injured in cross LoC firing in Karnah sector.

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