Heavy Shelling Rattles Gurez Valley, 4 Houses, School Damaged

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A resident looks at damaged house after cross border shelling along line of control in north Kashmir . ( KO File Pic)

SRINAGAR: At least six structures, including four residential houses, a government high school and a madrasa were damaged in heavy overnight shelling from across the Line of Control in Bagtore area of Gurez in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Reports reaching here said that Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire and many mortar shells fired by Pakistani side landed in Tarabal area hitting four residential houses, government high school and a madrassa.

However, he also said that no casualties or injury were reported during the shelling.

Police said the Pakistani forces violated the ceasefire along the LoC last evening and targeted forward defence locations in Tarabal area.

They added that the Indian Army has given a “strong and befitting” response to the ceasefire violation.

Army Officer killed in Pakistani Firing

A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Indian Army was killed on Wednesday, amid ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Lt Col Devender Anand, PRO (Defence) Jammu, confirmed the killing of the JCO.
The officer was posted at a forward location in Tarkundi area and had suffered fatal injuries. Pakistan had reportedly resorted to firing and shelling from across the LoC and the army had retaliated strongly, defence sources said.

This was the second such incident in the past four days.

On August 30, a JCO was killed in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.

This is the ninth soldier killed in exchange of fire along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri in the last three months, reports said.

Indian side says Pakistan has violated the ceasefire over 3,000 times along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far.

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