Mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC)
Mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC)

POONCH — Three soldiers and as many civilians, one of them a woman, were killed in mortar shelling and firing along the Line of Control in Uri and Handwara areas in north Kashmir. Also, five civilians were injured in similar incident along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu.

Official sources said that two soldiers and three civilians were killed and one civilian was critically injured in the heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistan along the LoC in Uri.

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Two soldiers of 59 MR succumbed to injuries they had sustained during a “ceasefire violation” by Pakistan in the Uri sector, they said. “The troops gave a befitting response to the ceasefire violation,” official sources said.

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The civilians killed in the incident have been identified as Tahib Ahmad Mir (36) son of Jaleel Ahmad Mir of Sultan Daki, Irshad Ahmad son of Karamat Hussain of Sarai Bandi Kamlakote and Farooq Begum wife of Bashir Ahmad Dar of Balkote.

One civilian was also critically injured and has been identified as Nasser Hussain son of Peer Hussain of Kamalkote. He has been shifted to GMC Baramulla, the officials added.

Meanwhile, a BSF sub-inspector who was injured in firing along LoC in Tootmar Gali Handwara succumbed to the wounds.

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Also, five civilians including a middle-aged woman and two porters were injured in alleged shelling and firing by Pakistan Army along Sawjian sector in Poonch district. They have been identified as Hajra Begum (50) wife of Abdul Salam, Touseef Ahmad and Mohammad Rashad son of Mehraj Din, residents of Sawjian Maidan while two porters of 183 BN BSF include Muhammad Afaraz son of Zaman Kahan and Mohammad Ibrahim son of Brahamdin Khan, both residents of Saujian (Chaprian).

All the injured have been rushed to the hospital, Station House Officer Mandi, Tilak Raj said.

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