More People Die In LoC Skirmishes  


ISLAMABAD — A day after 2 siblings and their mother were killed in Poonch district of Jammu, Pakistan Army said on Saturday that two of its soldiers and as many civilians were killed in Indian firing near the Line of Control.

The soldiers were killed in the Nakiyal Sector of the LoC, it said.

“Reports of casualties of Indian troops and damage to post due to effective response by Pakistan Army,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army, said in a statement.

Separately, the army claimed that Indian firing was continuing across the LoC, which killed as two civilians and injured two others, including a woman.

On Friday evening, three members of a family including a brother, sister and their mother were killed and two others injured when a shell hit their house at Salotri in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch.

Meanwhile, 60 families comprising around 300 people have fled their homes for safety as Indian and Pakistani armies continued to pound the Line of Control amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

The families on left their homes in Ward 10 of Balnoie village of Mankote sector, where shelling between India and Pakistan armies Saturday left three members of a family wounded.

On Saturday, two brothers Azad Ahmad (20), Zahida Khatoon (15) and their mother Zarina wife of Mohammad Shabir were injured as some shells fired Pakistan Army landed in Ghani village, a police official said.

They were rushed to SDH Mendhar for treatment, where their condition was stated to be stable, according to Block Medical Officer Mendhar Dr Parvaiz Khan.

According to sources,  over 30 residential houses suffered damage due to the shelling in Balakote, Mendhar and Mankote sectors over the past few days.

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