Civilian injured as India, Pakistan trade fire for third consecutive day

A civilian was injured on Wednesday in fresh shelling in Sandote Balakote as India and Pakistan continued trading  fire and heavy mortar shelling for the third consecutive day in Mendar area of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

He was identified as 20-year-old Ahmad Raza, son of Abdul Hamied.

Officials said that heavy shelling was going on in Balakote sector of Mendhar sub-division.

A police official said that heavy shelling was going on in Dhar, Lambibari area of Upper Rajdhani in Manjkote in Rajouri district.

Pertinently, a soldier was killed in a sniper fire by Pakistan army at Nowgam area of Kupwara district yesterday afternoon.

Another soldier was killed in Pakistani firing in Nowshera area of Rajouri, a defence spokesman said.

Several civilians were also injured in the Pakistan army fire, he said.

Following the tension along the LoC, state government had yesterday ordered closure of schools lying near LoC in Balakote with immediate effect till further orders. He said that this was done as the situation along the border continued to remain “sensitive’’ and tense. Around 217 students and 15 teachers were rescued from three schools in the wake of heavy mortar shelling along LoC in Nowshera sub-division of district Rajouri.



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