5 of family killed in cross border firing in Poonch


The locals lost their lives after a heavy shell by Pakistani troops hit their house in Balakote sector. "Two minor siblings of the family, who suffered head injuries' are in a critical condition", he added.

Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed anguish over the loss of lives and stressed the need for peace if we want to save the people of the state.

"My deepest condolences to their family". Residents of the region appealed the Government to solve the situation to end their misery.

Tension has been running high since an attack on an Indian Army camp in India-controlled Kashmir last month in which six soldiers were killed.

Confirming the incident, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid said that the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. Among those deceased are civilian Mohammad Ramzan, his wife and three children, while two of his children are injured.

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The Pakistani army targeted forward posts in the area, including in nearby Devta Dhar village, police said.

Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Col Devender Anand said: "Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from 7.45 a.m.to 11.30 a.m. along the LoC in Balakote sector using small arms, 81mm and 120mm mortars".

The police official said heavy shelling was going on from both the sides.

Pakistan troops were targeting civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts. Two sisters injured have been identified as 14-year-old Nooren Akhtar and 7-year-old Marin Akhtar. In 2017, Pakistan claims that India carried out 1970 ceasefire violations along the LoC and border.

While speaking at TV18 Network's "Rising India Conclave" in New Delhi, he said, "Our security forces are protecting the borders very well. Don't take it lightly".