SRI NAGAR: At least eight civilians, including a two-year-old girl, were injured as Pakistani troops breached border ceasefire and fired on army positions and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
“Pakistan Army resorted to indiscriminate firing from small and automatic arms along the LoC in Poonch’s Balakote and Rajouri’s Manjakote sector,” defence spokesman said. He said the troops also resorted to mortar shelling.
Defence sources said the army men, deployed at LoC, also effectively returned the fire from similar calibre weapons. The exchange of fire lasted for about two hours. Deputy Commissioner (Poonch) Tariq Zargar told The New Indian Express that five civilians, including two women, were injured in the firing in Balakote sector. The injured have been identified as Ayaz Ahmed, 27, Tariq Mehmood, 25, Vasu Ram, 25, Urmila Devi, 28, and Kusam, 30. He said around five villages, close to the LoC in Balakote sector, were affected in the firing. Two houses and three vehicles were also damaged.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner (Rajouri) Shahid Choudhary said three civilians, including a two-year-old girl, were injured in the firing at Manjakote sector. He said the injured have been identified as Liaquat Hussain, 24, his daughter Insha, 2, and Mohammad Zaffar, 50.