Schools closed along LoC in Poonch


Jammu: Authorities on Wednesday ordered the closure of schools near the Line of Control (LoC) in Degwar area of Poonch district following heavy exchange of fire and shelling between the armies of India and Pakistan.

Reports said that shelling and firing from across the border started at 8:45 am in Degwar, Maldiyalan and Tarwan areas along the LoC.

There was no report of any injuries, they said.

An Indian army statement said that Pakistan army initiated “unprovoked and indiscriminate” firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 8:45 am.

“Indian army is retaliating strongly and effectively. Firing is still on,” said the statement.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Poonch Tariq Zargar ordered the closure of all government and private schools today in Degwar area.

India and Pakistan yet again exchanged fire on forward posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

“Pakistan Army this morning initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0845 hrs in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LC),” a defence spokesman here said.

He said that Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively while the firing is still on.

An Army jawan was killed on Tuesday as Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire agreement in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch.

Earlier on Monday, two children died and 13 civilians sustained injuries in the cross-border firing in Poonch.


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