Border residents relocate to safer places

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Srinagar: Large number of villagers in Karna, Uri, Keren sector and adjacent areas in frontier district Kupwara has moved to safer places, after Army alleged it carried out “surgical strikes” across the border.
Sources said that the villagers were advised by the authorities to move to safer places.
Schools in these villages were ordered closed following the escalation of tension along the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir, sources added.
They told KNS that armoured vehicles were also moved to border areas, to combat any threat.
Panic griped Gurez valley – a border tehsil in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district – on Thursday after news about “surgical strikes” carried out by India across Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir reached there.
Residents of Dawar closed their shops and other business establishments and schools were also shut amid panic over simmering tension between India and Pakistan over the reported strike.
Eye witnesses said that people were seen running towards safer places fearing “artillery shelling” in the area as the residential areas are located close to the Line of Control.

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