Srinagar: At least 10 children were injured, three of them critically, when Indian troops allegedly opened fire on a school van in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) along the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday, Pakistan daily Dawn reported, quoting Assistant Commissioner Zeeshan Khan.
The driver of the van, carrying 20 students of a private school, died on the spot as the vehicle came under attack in Nakyal sector of Kotli district, the report added.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement confirmed that a civilian was killed and four school children injured “when Indian troops violating ceasefire sanctity targeted a school van at LoC in Nakial sector today”, the report said.
“Pakistani troops effectively responded and targeted Indian posts from where fire was coming,” the ISPR was quoted to have said.
The injured children are between the age of eight and 15 years, AC Zeeshan told Dawn.
The latest cross-border firing has come after a calm of over two weeks at the LoC. On Nov 23, nine people were killed when Indian troops targeted a passenger bus Lawat area of PaK.