Woman killed in Pakistan shelling on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district

19 including 10 security men and 9 civilians have died in ceasefire violations this year.

Published: 11th February 2018 09:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2018 04:17 AM   |  A+A-

Villager shows a damaged section of his house after shelling from the Pakistani side on the India-Pakistan international border at Arnia Sector about 45km from Jammu. | PTI File Photo

Express News Service

SRI NAGAR: A woman was killed after Pakistani troops fired on Army positions and civilian areas in the border district of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir.Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Shahid Choudhary said Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing in villages Pukherni-Lairan, Naika Panjgrain, Khorinar, Rajdhani along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district on Saturday and Sunday. He said a woman Parveen Akhtar was hit by a bullet fired by Pakistani troops in Pukherni-Lairan village while at home. She was evacuated to hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

An Army officer said Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling on Army positions and civilian areas in some sectors along the LoC in Rajouri and Indian soldiers returned the fire and targeted positions of Pakistani troops. “The Pakistani guns fell silent after the retaliatory firing and mortar shelling by the army men,” the official said.

Meanwhile, authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and Kupwara districts following a strike called by separatists on the death anniversary of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 1984.Shops, private offices, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut across the Valley, while public transport was off the roads in most areas.

The toll so far

  • At least 19 people have been killed and over 75 injured in Pakistani firing and mortar shelling this year.

  • Among the deceased security men is Captain Kapil Kundu, who along with three soldiers was killed on February 4 in Rajouri district.

  • In 2017, 35 people were killed in ceasefire violations by Pak troop along the LoC and IB.

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