Woman killed as exchange of fire escalates between Indo-Pak armies in Poonch

Jammu: A woman was killed in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling by Pakistani troops at several posts and civilian areas today, raising the death toll to six in multiple ceasefire violations along the LoC in Poonch district overnight, officials said today.

Pakistani Army resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and civilian villages in Poonch and Balakote sectors since this morning, Defence Spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

In the heavy mortar shelling, a woman identified as Nussarat Bi died in Behrote village in Balakote sector, a police officer said, adding that very heavy mortar shelling of 82 mm mortars is going on.

With her death, the toll has gone up to six and five other are injured. Three among them are undergoing treatment in Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital in Jammu and rest in Poonch.

There has been heavy firing and mortar shelling going on overnight in Hamirpur, Sujiyan, Mandi sectors along LoC in Poonch.

“We are rushing to the areas to see how people can be evacuated from the shelling and firing zones”, Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Nisar Ahmed told PTI.

“Heavy shelling is going on in the area”, he said.

There have been 35 violations of the 2003 ceasefire accord in August till yesterday, according to officilas.

On Saturday, five civilians, including a Sarpanch were killed and five others injured in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling by Pakistani troops at several Indian posts and civilian areas, officials said.  (PTI)