Six civilians injured in firing in Poonch

Jammu: Six civilians including two women were injured and six houses partially damaged during shelling by Pakistani troops on border hamlets along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Thursday.
After over a month-long lull, Pakistani troops last night resorted to firing by small arms and automatic weapons and shelling of 81 mm mortar bombs in two forward sub-sector of Sabjian and Mandi since 1840 hours and intermittent firing continued till midnight drawing retaliation from Indian forces, a senior Army officer had said.
Civilian population living in border hamlets of Gigriyal and Uripura along LoC were targeted during the firing, police officials said today.
The injured have been identified as Hajra Begum, Sakina Begum, Zahoor Ahmed, Gulam Nabi, Khaja Ahad and Mumtaz Ahmed, police said, adding that the condition of one of the women is stated to be critical.
The injured were rushed to hospitals in Poonch and Mandi belts and most of them are out of danger, they said.
At least six houses were partially damaged in the shelling, police said, adding, that five live bombs were recovered in Uripora belt, which are being defused.
“There was no loss of life or injury to anyone among the armed forces on this side in Pak firing,” the Army officer said.
These fresh violations came after a gap of one month and four days along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan Rangers had resorted to unprovoked firing by automatic machine guns on the intervening night of August 26 and 27 on Indian BOPs located in Pragwal area of Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu.
In a bid to defuse border tension triggered by 45 days of firing and shelling by Pakistani troops, the longest since 1971 war, India and Pakistan on August 29 held a crucial Sector Commander (DIG-Brigadier) level flag meeting on Octerio BoP in R S Pura sector to decide to maintain peace and tranquility by silencing guns.


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