Civilian, soldier killed as LoC heats up

Civilian, soldier killed as LoC heats up
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Cross-border firing in Uri, Manjakote, Baroti

Jammu/Srinagar: An Army soldier and a minor girl were on Monday killed while four persons injured in heavy firing and mortar shelling by the Pakistan Army along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch, Rajouri and Baramulla districts, Indian army said.
The Indian Army retaliated, triggering heavy exchanges.
“The Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Rajouri sector and Poonch district around 0730 hours. The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” a Defence spokesman said.
In the fire exchange, Naik Muddasar Ahmed of Tral was grievously injured when mortar shells landed on his bunker, the spokesman said, adding that he was evacuated to the MI room where he succumbed to injuries.
The 37-year-old jawan, who hailed from Tral’s Buchoo village. He is survived by his wife Shaheena Muddasar and two children.
“Ahmed was a brave and sincere soldier. He loved his job to the core,” the spokesman said. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty, he said.
Pakistan also shelled mortars on civilian areas in Balakote, Manjakote and Baroti belts, a police officer said.
In the firing and shelling, 9-year-old Sajada Kouser was killed at Baroti, the officer said.
A senior district official of Rajouri said two civilians were injured in shelling in Manjakote belt of Rajouri district and have been hospitalised. A soldier was also injured, he said.
All schools in border of Manajote and Balakote belts are closed and people have been advised not to come out of their homes in view of the heavy shelling, they said.
Later in the day, Pakistani troops started unprovoked firing at three villages in Kamalkote area of Uri in Baramulla district around 3 pm.
Defence spokesperson, Colonel Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader that the Pakistan army resorted to cease fire violation in Uri.
“The Pakistan army fired at the Indian army posts unprovoked on Monday afternoon, which was retaliated by the side accordingly,” Col Kalia said.
Army sources told Kashmir Reader that one Indian army soldier was injured in the Pakistan army fire.
“The injured army soldier who is belongs to 21 Sikh regiment was shifted to army’s 92-base hospital at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar for the treatment,” sources said. They said armies from both sides traded heavy fire including mortar shells to target posts along the LoC in Uri.
“Firing continued for hours together along the LoC, however there were no reports of injury from the Pakistan side,” said sources.

(With PTI inputs)

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