January 2018 News

Pakistani Troops Resort To Mortar Shelling In Poonch District

31 January 2018
The Indian Express

Jammu: Pakistani troops on Wednesday resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling along the Line of Control in Mankote area of Poonch district's KG Sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources said that the shelling from across the border started around 5 pm. They were using 82 mm mortars targeting forward Indian positions and even civilian population, sources said, adding that the Indian troops were retaliating. The latest shelling along the LoC in Poonch came after a brief lull of nearly 12 hours as Pakistani troops had resorted to heavy shelling on many civilian areas in Rajouri district's Nowshera sector and Poonch's Balakote area on Tuesday night. The night-long firing from across the border had stopped around 4 am on Wednesday, sources said, adding that there were no casualties on the Indian side. Ever since the escalation in the situation along the border this year, 14 people including security force personnel have been killed and nearly 50 others injured in incidents of firing and mortar shelling from across the border. Pakistan too has suffered a heavy loss of life and property in retaliation by the Indian side.