LoC shelling: Four soldiers, Six civilians killed

A police officer said at around 2 pm on Friday, seven civilians were injured after intense shelling from across the LoC at Saujiyan bus stand.
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Srinagar, Nov 13: Four security forces personnel were among 10 people killed as Indian and Pakistan Army resorted to heavy shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) from Gurez to Uri sectors on Friday.

Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said Pakistan used mortars and other weapons targeted many areas along LoC.

The troops retaliated strongly causing casualties and substantial damage to Pakistan Army’s infrastructure across the LoC, he said.

“Several ammunition dumps, FOL dumps and multiple launch pads have been damaged,” the defence spokesman said.

Three Army personnel, a BSF sub-inspector and six civilians were killed in Pakistani action while four security forces personnel and eight civilians were injured.

“Pakistan resorted to heavy mortar shelling along the LoC spread across multiple sectors to include Dawar, Keran, Uri and Naugam. Three Indian Army soldiers have been killed in action and three soldiers injured,” Col Kalia said, adding the nation salutes their supreme sacrifice.

A BSF sub-inspector was killed in Haji Peer sector while a jawan was injured, officials said.

Two civilians were killed in Kamalkote sector, also in Uri, while a woman was killed in Balkote area in Haji Peer sector, they added.

They said apart from various places in Uri, the ceasefire violations were reported from Izmarg in Gurez sector of Bandipora district and Keran sector of Kupwara district.

A defence official in Jammu said Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice in Poonch district.

The heavy shelling created fear among the residents along the line of control LOC in Uri, Kupwara, and other areas and compelled the admin to shift to safer places, reports added.

An official at Baramulla district administration told Rising Kashmir that four civilians were killed, while 2-3 were injured. “One among them is critical,” he said.

The slain civilians were identified as Afrar Ahmad (20) son of Mohmmad Lateef, Irshad Ahmad son of Karamat Hussain both residents of Kamalkote, Tahib Ahmad Mir (36) son of Jaleel Ahmad Mir resident of Sultan Daki and Farooq Begum wife of Bashir Ahmad Dar of Balkote.

One civilian was also critically injured and has been identified as Nasder Hussain son of Peer Hussain of Kamalkote. He has been shifted to GMC Baramulla, the official said.

“We have shifted dozens of residents to safer places and in some areas, the rescue operation is still in progress, he said.

Many houses were also damaged during the firing in several areas of Uri and Kupwara districts.

Medical Superintendent, Government Medical College, Dr. Syed Maqsood told Rising Kashmir that one patient from Uri was shifted to GMC Baramulla on Friday.

“His condition was critical and was shifted to SKIMS Srinagar for specialized treatment,” Maqsood said.

Meanwhile, five civilians were also injured in north Kashmir’s Bandipora when shelling hit the Bagtore Sector in Gurez.

“All the five injured are stable,” an official said.

At least seven civilians were injured in the Sawjian Sector in Pir Panjal’s Poonch district in LoC shelling.

A police officer said at around 2 pm on Friday, seven civilians were injured after intense shelling from across the LoC at Saujiyan bus stand.

“A bus stand was hit by the shelling, in which seven persons were injured including two porters,” the official said.

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