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Kashmir: Eight civilians, including two minors, killed by Pakistani troops in ceasefire violation

Eight people were killed and 22 injured when Pakistan troops heavily shelled border hamlets and posts with mortar bombs along the International Border (IB) and the LoC in Samba, Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

The officials said five civilians were killed in Ramgarh of the frontier district of Samba on the International Border and two others lost their lives in Rajouri on the Line of Control — the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

A police spokesperson said the dead in the Ramgarh sector included a girl, 16, and two other women. A total of 15 more civilians were injured in the shelling from across the border.

"All the injured civilians have been shifted to hospital," the spokesperson said. At least two dozen head of cattle have also perished.

The police official said Pakistan Rangers indiscriminately targeted civilian areas and defence facilities in Ramgarh since morning. "The BSF is retaliating effectively and heavy shelling and firing exchanges are going on."

On Tuesday morning, Pakistan troopers bombarded border areas of Jammu and Kashmir with heavy mortar shells, triggering mass migration from the bordering Samba district, the state police said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The police said Pakistan Rangers indiscriminately targeted civilian areas and defence facilities in the Ramgarh sector.

"The BSF is retaliating effectively and heavy shelling and firing exchanges are going on," the police official said.

Six persons have been injured in the ceasefire violations since Monday.

According to a report by PTI, at 07.10 am, three mortar shells landed in border village of Pindi in Arnia sector of Jammu district, injuring four persons identified as Bodraj (44), Niky, Dharana Devi and Chanchla Devi (49), he said.

Two women, Robiya Kouser (28) and Tasveer Bi (24), were injured in Pakistani shelling in Mendhar sector of Poonch district on Monday evening and have been hospitalised, police said.

Pakistani troops indulged in unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Naushera sector of Rajouri district from 5.30 am using small arms, automatics, 82 and 120 mm mortars, PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since surgical strikes against terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

On Monday, an elderly woman and a soldier were killed and a girl and two armymen were injured in cross-LoC shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

An IANS spokesperson said hundreds of residents were forced to abandon their homes in the Samba district along the international border. They used every mode of conveyance, even walked barefoot, to escape from the line of fire.

Dozens of cattle were reportedly killed or injured in the shelling.

Locals are worried about their harvest-ready ripe crops.

The Pakistan Army also resorted to heavy shelling and firing at Indian positions in Naushera sector of the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Nov 01, 2016 16:46 PM

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