Teen Injured In Cross-LoC Firing In Poonch

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

Jammu: A 17-year-old girl was injured on Friday after India and Pakistan troops exchanged heavy gunfire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Friday, officials said.

Nazia Kouser was grazing cattle ahead of the border fencing along the LoC in the Challerri area of Shahpur sector when the Pakistan army violated ceasefire and fired at her around 6 pm, they said.

She was initially treated at a hospital in Poonch and later referred to Jammu for specialised treatment, the officials said.

District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Rahul Yadav confirmed the incident and said an immediate assistance of Rs 10,000 has been given to the girl’s family.

On Thursday, Indian and Pakistan troops had traded gunfire in Macchil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

There has been a sharp increase in cross-LoC shelling in Jammu and Kashmir past two weeks.

Last week, five civilians, including two minors were injured in cross-LoC shelling in Uri sector of Baramulla district. A few unexploded shells were diffused a day after the two armies traded gunfire

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