LoC flares up: shelling continues in Rajouri belts


After a brief lull in the border area of Rajouri, India and Pakastani armies have resumed shelling on each other’s posts early Sunday morning.

According to the media and defence reports, Pakistani army fired mortars on a vast Rajouri belt from Peer Badesar near Nowshehra to Tarkundi in Balakote.

Using automatic fire arms, defence sources said 82 mm and 120 mm mortars landed at a few outposts in Balakote sector. Deafening sounds are being heard in the entire Chingus belt.

Barely 20 hours ago, two civilian were killed in Pakistani shelling in Nowshera sector. A father-daughter duo were killed in their house at Jhanghar belt.

Seven others including four soldiers were also injured and are admitted in various hospitals. Preliminary estimations suggest nearly 300 houses were damaged, partially or fully, in the shelling as a good number of cattle heads perished.

Authorities yesterday shut as many as 87 schools in the entire border belt comprising Nowshera, Qila Darhal and Manjakote areas and shifted out nearly 1100 civilian population to the hinterland where relief camps were instantly set up.

Earlier on Thursday, a 35-year-old woman was killed and her husband was left injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in the Nowshera sector of the state.


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