35-yr-old woman succumbs, death toll in cross border firing reaches 14

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Jammu: A 35-year-old woman, critically injured in cross border firing along the International Border (IB), succumbed to injuries Sunday, raising to 14, the number of deaths due to cross-border shelling since January 18, police said.
Bimla Devi of Kana Chak in Jammu was critically injured in shelling on January 22 and was undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College hospital Jammu.
“She died this morning and after postmortem the body was handed over to her relatives for last rites,” a police officer said.
He said barring cross border firing in Krishna Ghati and Mankote sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district last evening, there was no report of more firings.
Earlier, six forces personnel and seven civilians were killed and over 70 others injured in intense shelling along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts and the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Rajouri districts from January 18 to 22, leading to the displacement of thousands of border residents.
Over 300 schools along LoC and IB were closed last week as a precautionary measure in view of the firing.

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