Cross-border firing in Uri damages three houses

Cross-border firing in Uri damages three houses
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Uri administration shifts 100 locals, locals say both armies building bunkers along LoC

Baramulla: A residential house was completely damaged and two others damaged partially in Tilawari village of border town Uri on Thursday morning, when troops of India and Pakistan exchanged heavy gun fire across the Line of Control (LOC).
Sources said that the troops targeted each other in Haji Peer sector, first with bullets and then with heavy mortar. Panic gripped several villages including Churanda, Tilawari, Silikote, Thajal, Soura, Hathlanga, Balkote in the area. Locals said the firing stated early morning at about 8 and went on for several hours. In this exchange of fire, the residential house of Gulam Rasool Najar was hit by several mortar shells which destroyed it completely. Two other houses sustained damages.
Police confirmed that a residential house was completely damaged while two others sustained partial damage. Police said they had no report of any human life lost.
Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Uri, D Sagar, said he had given instructions to different departments, including health department, to be ready in case of more shelling. However, no one has been shifted out of the area, he said.
Local sources said that armies of both the countries have started construction of new bunkers along the LoC, and are trying to stop each other from constructing them. They said this is the cause of frequent exchange of fire.
Two days ago, a woman was among three persons injured in cross-border firing in the same sector. There had been a lull for the past two days in the area.
Meanwhile, reports from Tanghdar area of district Kupwara said that there was no exchange of fire across the LoC on Thursday, after heavy firing took place yesterday. However, troops on both sides were on high alert and people living along the LoC had been directed to not move towards the LoC.
Following the cross border firing, the Uri administration shifted 100 people from 19 families from Silikote and other villages close to LoC to safer places.
SDM Uri D Sagar told Kashmir Reader that the 19 families were shifted to Government Higher Secondary School Uri and were provided with blankets and important commodities. He said the officers are monitoring the situation if required more people will be shifted to safer places.
He added that medical and rescue teams were ready to go to affected villages.