Srinagar: One person was killed and four others injured as Pakistan and Indian border troops resumed firing across the Line of Control (LoC) today.
A 30-year-old police constable, Imtiaz, died on the spot after being hit by a mortar shell in Nakyal sector of Kotli, Assistant Commissioner Nakyal Sardar Zeeshan Nisar told a Pakistani daily.
Another man, Mohammad Bashir, was injured in Dabsi village of Nakyal sector and referred to DHQ Hospital Kotli, a paramedic told the newspaper.
Residents said there were reports about two more deaths, but Nisar said the administration was awaiting confirmation, the report said.
“The Indians are ruthlessly targeting civilian populations. Exact losses can be obtained only when the shelling subsides,” Nisar was quoted by the newspaper to have said.
“Indiscriminate shelling began in the morning and is ongoing, forcing everyone to stay indoors,” a resident told the daily.
“Since mobile communication in the most forward locations is disturbed and vehicular and pedestrian movement impossible, exact figures about losses are not instantly reaching the rear areas,” the resident added.
In the northeastern Neelum valley, Indian troops hit a vehicle on the main Neelum valley road near Danjar, causing injuries to two passengers, including a young boy, the report said.
Another person was injured in Falakan village, said Deputy Commissioner Neelum Sardar Waheed.
Military sources said Pakistani troops were also “befittingly” responding to Indian shelling, the newspaper reported.
Earlier on Sunday, six people, including two women, were injured in these sectors in Indian shelling that continued till late evening, the report said.
At least 25 houses and three vehicles were partially or completely damaged and four cattle heads killed in Sunday’s shelling in Battal, Madarpur and Darra Sher Khan sectors, the media report added.