Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

3 dead, several injured as cross-LoC shelling rattles Poonch

3 dead, several injured as cross-LoC shelling rattles Poonch

"The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively", said Colonel N.N. Joshi, defence spokesman at the Udhampur-based Northern Command headquarters.

A BSF jawan too was injured in the Pakistan firing in Rajouri late on Monday evening. India says Pakistan violates the agreement to help terrorists infiltrate into India, a charge Islamabad denies.

He said the injured civilians have been rushed to a hospital.

The incident, which triggered an exchange of fire that lasted several hours, comes a day after two children were killed in Pakistani shelling in Poonch.

Pakistani troops started unprovoked firing and shelling along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Kashmiri resistance groups in Jammu-Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

Last month it said a five-year-old girl had been killed when she was hit by a bullet fired from the Indian side. "On one hand it is showing white flags but on the other, targeting innocent civilians".

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbboba Mufti has expressed grief and anguish over killing of two civilians during cross LoC shelling in Poonch district. Pakistan also claimed to have lost six civilians in Indian shelling on September 21 on the International Border. The BSF troops in Arnia sector had last Saturday detected an incomplete cross-border tunnel from the Pakistan side of the global border.

An Army vehicle was also damaged in the aggression by Pakistani troops.

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