Two civilians killed in Pakistani firing

Posted July 09, 2017

The Pakistan army is firing and shelling heavily from eight different posts on villages and forward posts along the LoC. The Defence Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta told media outlets, "The firing which started from 6.30 a.m., is ongoing and our forces are effectively retaliating".

According to reports, even the ambulance is unable to reach the village to collect the bodies due to heavy firing from the Pakistan side. "The couple's two children were also injured when a shell fired from across the border hit their house on the LoC in Gulpur area".

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"Very heavy shelling is going on in areas like Khadi, Karmara andGuplur", he said.

Earlier, Pakistan accused India of violating the ceasefire along the LoC in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in which two persons were killed and three others injured, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson said in a statement.

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They said the army men returned the fire and in the brief exchange of gunfire, three army men including a Captain-rank officer were injured.

The militant attack took place as troops were on high alert in Valley on first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani today.

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"Two civilians died in Pak firing in Poonch sector this morning", police here said.