15 August 2020

7 civilians killed in firing along Kashmir border

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Pakistan on Sunday accused Indian troops of "heavily" shelling near the Line of Control (LoC), killing seven people including a Pakistani soldier while eight other civilians and two soldiers were wounded. reports citing Turkish media.

LoC, a de facto border, divides disputed Kashmir valley between Pakistan and India.

The fresh casualties, including two laborers, were reported from remote Jura, Shahkot and Nousehri sector of Muzaffarabad and Neelum districts of Pakistan administered Kashmir known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

"Indian forces in occupied Kashmir have gone berserk. In overnight ruthless shelling, they have martyred six civilians and wounded another eight in Muzaffarabad and Neelum districts," Raja Farooq Haider, Prime Minister of AJK tweeted.

According to the local administration, the Indian forces targeted the civilian population and destroyed several houses including a hut of a laborer.

"Two laborers who were working on road construction belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province were also martyred in the shelling as Indian troops hit their hut through mortar," Badar Munir, deputy Commissioner Muzaffarabad told Anadolu Agency on phone.

Badar added that all injured have been shifted to a local hospital in Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistan army in a statement claimed that at least nine Indian soldiers were killed and several others injured in retaliation.

2019.10.20 / 18:12
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