Two civilians, including a 14-year-old girl, were killed and five others injured as Pakistani troops resorted to 120 mm and 80 mm mortar shelling at various places along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector on Saturday morning. Four army soldiers and a civilian woman were among the injured.
Identifying the deceased as Tufail Hussain, 50, and Afiya, 14, sources said that mortar shells were falling in Baba Khori, Kalsiyan, Jhanghar, Makri and Tarya areas. Tufail’s wife Jaitoon Begum was injured. The couple were sitting outside their house in Jhanghar area when a mortar shell fell nearby. Afiya hailed from Mendhar and she had come to the house of her relatives in the area.
The mortar shelling by Pakistan started around 7.15 am. The firing in the area has re-started after a lull of nearly 48 hours as Pakistani troops had earlier resorted to shelling in Laam area of Nowshera on Wednesday night.
Lt Colonel Manish Mehta, a defence ministry spokesperson said that “the Indian troops were retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on”.
The escalation of tension along the LoC had led to migration of people from various places to safer areas. Only yesterday, a BSF jawan was injured in unprovoked small arms firing and mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers along the international border in Arnia sector of Samba district.
Source:- Indian Express
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