Cross-LoC Shelling Rattles Kupwara

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Indian forces personnel patrolling near the line of control – File Pic

Srinagar: Panic gripped several villages of north Kashmir’s Kupwara on Friday after India and Pakistan armies exchanged heavy gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in the frontier district.

Witnesses said that India and Pakistan troops traded gunfire along the LoC around 1:00 pm today triggering panic in Panzgam, Malikpora, TCP, Hafrada and Ferkiyan areas. Many residents of Panzam village were seen moving towards safer locations while others have confined themselves to safer locations within their homes, news agency GNS reported.

“The shelling is so intense that the people in far off villages were also hearing the sound of explosions,” said Sajjad Ahmad, a resident of Tarathpora, a densely populated village which is very far away from the LoC.

“The houses were shaken with every sound of the shell,” he said.

Meanwhile, Srinagar based army spokesperson claimed that a heavy damage was inflicted on Pakistani army after they resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Keran Sector of Kupwara this afternoon.

“Troops retaliated effectively and strongly. Precision targeting of gun areas, militant launch pads and ammunition dump carried out. Reports of heavy damage on enemy side,” he added.

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