Two killed in Pakistan shelling in J&K

Two persons killed 3 injured in shelling along LoC

Two persons killed 3 injured in shelling along LoC

Those killed were identified as Tufail Hussain alias Bashir and his daughter Asiya Bi while his wife Zatoon Begam referred to GMC Jammu. Three schools were damaged in Pakistani shelling in the Nowshera sector on Saturday.

More than eight villages out of 26 vulnerable hamlets situated on the LoC are worst affected by the cross-border shelling.

Shells are landing very deep inside the Indian territory resulting in fear psychosis, he said. "We blame it on government's foreign policy towards Pakistan", said another protester.

The Indian Army was retaliating "strongly and effectively", PRO Ministry of Defence (MoD), Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

Now in another ceasefire violation, Pak troops attacked Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district with Mortar bombs drawing sharp retaliation from the Indian Army. A woman was killed in the shelling on Thursday.

The incident comes amid rising tensions along the Line of Control separating Indian and Pakistan-administered parts of Kashmir, where a fragile truce has been in effect since 2003. Pakistan's military denied the allegations and said it had not committed ceasefire violations.

More than 2,694 families, comprising 10,042 people, have been affected in shelling which led to two dead, six injured, 65 livestock dead and damage to standing crops apart from almost 45 partially and severely damaged houses, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.

This is the second time in the last four days when Pakistan has resorted to heavy shelling on civilian areas.

A BSF man had suffered minor injuries when Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire along the global border yesterday.

Rajouri's DC Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that more than 300 border dwellers have been evacuated and lodged in relief camps at safer locations. Houses, buildings and the Indian Army's forward posts were damaged significantly, and the 978 residents of border villages moved to relief camps overnight.

The security forces were patrolling the Seer village of Tral when unidentified militants opened fire on them, triggering a brief gunfight, a police official said.

"Six ambulances have been pressed into action for shifting of injured and treatment".

Choudhary said around 20-25 villages are affected, out of which heavy shelling has been reported in Nowshera.