Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Five soldiers injured in cross-bordershelling in Poonch's Mendhar sector

Five soldiers injured in cross-bordershelling in Poonch's Mendhar sector

Pakistan Army started unprovoked shelling at around 7:40 AM today, Defence spokesman Col. Hari said. Heavy shelling from the Pakistan side killed villagers in Devta.

"Chowdhary, his wife Malka Bi and three sons were killed".

The five people from a family were killed when shells fired by the Pakistan army landed in civilian areas in Mendhar area of Poonch district, officials said.

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Jammu and Kashmir SDP SP Vaid in a tweet said: "Due to shelling from across in Balakote sector of Poonch, five civilians lost their lives". Two of Ramzan's daughters suffered critical injuries and were flown to a hospital in Jammu. Army troops retaliated strongly and effectively to silence Pakistani guns, he said.

"The best gift India and Pakistan gave to border areas, areas near LoC, is ceasefire but off late it has remained confined to paper", National Conference working president Abdullah said. Helicopters have been rushed to retrieve the injured for specialised treatment in Jammu. "My deepest condolences to their family", she said.

Inspector General of Police SD Singh Jamwal told ANI, "We are assessing our situation and have sent our team to the spot".

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A seven-year-old child was among the dead and his five-year-old sister was injured. He said the government is taking all the administrative measures to reach out to the affected population in the area.

Akhtar also enquired about the condition of those injured in an accident near Hiranagar on Jammu-Pathankote highway on Sunday. Firing is still going on which started around 7:45 AM.

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