11 people, including three military personnel, have been killed as India and Pakistan blamed each other for escalated violence along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir in the past two days.
One soldier and four civilians were killed on Saturday in Pakistani shelling and firing along the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu while one soldier and one Border Security Force trooper and two civilians were killed on Friday, police said.
“From Akhnoor to R.S. Pura, Pakistan Rangers carried out indiscriminate shelling and firing to target civilian and security facilities for two days,” reports quoting Jammu and Kashmir police officials said.
Pakistani authorities said Indian artillery and mortar guns continued to pound civilian population in ‘Azad’ Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Saturday, leaving at least two civilians dead and another five wounded,
Casualties occurred in different villages of Nakyal sector in Kotli district, which were targeted by Indian troops from across the restive Line of Control (LoC) throughout the preceding night and during the day, Waleed Anwar, assistant commissioner of Nakyal, was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper.
The area received shelling for most part of the night, but it was most “intense and indiscriminate” from 11:30am to 1:30pm, he said.
Anwar said one man was wounded past midnight, while a man and a woman were killed and four others were injured during the day.