July 2017 News

2 Civilians Killed In Pak Firing In Jammu And Kashmir's Poonch

8 July 2017

Srinagar: A couple was killed and their two children were injured when the Pakistani army violated the ceasefire and resorted to mortar shelling and firing at border posts and villages this morning along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, officials said. The Pakistani army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector from 6.30 am today, the Indian troops retaliated effectively, a defence spokesman said. 'Very heavy shelling is going on. So far two civilians have died in Pakistani shelling in Khadi Karmara village along the LoC,' he said. Meanwhile, three soldiers were also injured today after terrorists attacked an army patrol in Bandipora district. Last month, the army repulsed a major attack by the Pakistan's Border Action Team in the Poonch sector. There were at least three intruders, two of whom were killed, third had managed to escape under cover fire from Pakistan, the army had said. Two Indian soldiers were killed during the initial exchange of fire. This was the third time this year the Border Action Team - formed specially to conduct strikes across the Line of Control - struck in Poonch. In April, two soldiers were murdered and mutilated near the Line of Control. It was suspected to be an attack by the Border Action team. Days later, on May 23, the Army had released a video of a massive fire assault on Pakistani posts. It was as a message that the army would take firm action on locations across the border from where terrorists are infiltrating into India.