Soldier killed in Pakistan firing, children evacuated


The Indian and Pakistan armies on Tuesday  again traded fire and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bhimbher Gali sector and Poonch.

An army soldier was killed in sniper fire from Pakistan near the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district here.  An official said that the soldier, belonging to 17 Infantry Brigade, was hit by sniper fire while he was on duty at Sangam post. As per reports at least one Indian soldier was also wounded in the Pakistan firing. A Defense official said that Indian troops retaliated with full force.

 An official said that Lance Naik Navjot Singh of 581 Artillery Regiment was hit by splinters in his eye at Sabra Gali in Mendhar sector. He said that wounded soldier has been shifted to hospital for treatment.

An soldier and a minor girl were killed on Tuesday 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. As the border tension raged, the Directors General of Military Operation (DGMO) of India and Pakistan spoke over the hotline to diffuse the tension.

Heavy Shelling was reported in various villages of Nowshera sector including Bhawani, Sair and Kadali  villages. Students were trapped in 3 schools.  A district administration official of Rajouri said that at middle school Sair 12 students were rescued while  nearly 50 students were trapped amid heavy Shelling at High School Sair. “Three bullet proof bunkers were inducted for evacuation however with no relief in shelling the rescue is on standby. Around 150 students at High School Bhawani were advised to stayed back where officers of local administration and Police are stationed ” the government release added.

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