Two civilians killed in Indian forces' firing across LoC

Two civilians killed in Indian forces' firing across LoC

Two civilians killed in Indian forces' firing across LoC

The jawan has been identified as Mohammad Showkat and his wife Saifa Bi.

Sources said that the three persons including two women were killed as a result of Indian firing and shelling.

Two people, including a girl, were killed and three citizens were injured, the statement added.

35-year-old army jawan Showkat, who had come on a leave to spend time with family, and his 3-year-old wife Safiya were killed after sustaining critical splinter injuries of mortar shell, the official said.

Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Tariq Ahmad Zargar, told New Indian Express that the Pakistani troops firing and mortar shelling stopped at around 10.30 am.

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According to the military's media wing, Pakistan troops had also destroyed several Indian army bunkers while retaliating to the unprovoked firing which took place a day after the United Nations expressed concern over escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals. They have fired at five to six hamlets, the officer said.

India countered Pakistan's allegations that India violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

In Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district, three soldiers were also injured today after terrorists attacked an army patrol.

"Two civilians died in Pak firing in Poonch sector this morning", police here said.

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