3 civilians killed, 5 injured in LoC firing in Kupwara

It’s a war-like situation in Chowkibal and Handwara: Residents
Damaged houses at Chowkibal Kupwara. Pic: Fayaz Hamid
Damaged houses at Chowkibal Kupwara. Pic: Fayaz Hamid

Three persons including a minor were killed and five others injured in intense cross-LoC shelling in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Sunday, army said. Several residential houses suffered damage in the shelling.

Defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia said, "Pakistan targetedcivilian population in Kupwara sector near the line of control resulting inkilling of three innocent civilians including a woman and a child. In responseto unprovoked shelling by Pakistani troops, Indian army retaliated strongly andeffectively."

Two of the deceased are Shameema Bano (36) and Javed AhmadKhan both residents of village Reddi in Chowkibal. Eight year old Zeeshan waskilled in Tumina village which falls under Handwara police station.

SSP Kupwara, Shari Ram Amberkar, said, "Two persons died ofsplinter injuries after Pakistani troops targeted village Reddi in Chowkibalarea. One person was injured in the incident. Six residential houses suffereddamage."

SSP Handwara, Dr Sandeep, confirmed the death of the childand injuries to four civilians besides damage to some houses at Tumina villagein Handwara.

Damaged at Chowkibal Kupwara. Pic: Fayaz Hamid

Locals said that at around 4 pm Pakistani troops resorted tointense shelling in the Chowkibal area of Tanghdar sector. They said as theexchange of shelling intensified, Pakistani troops targeted several othervillages which include Manzgam, Malikpora, TCP, Hafrada and Kralpora.

In Tumina village, locals said that it was a war-likesituation. They said some shells fell on residential houses while some shellslanded over parked vehicles.

"We have never witnessed such a situation here. As shellslanded in the village, several of them hit houses and vehicles. It looks like awar zone with flames emanating from houses and vehicles. People were crying forhelp and help came from nowhere," said Asadullah Mir of Tumina village inHandwara.

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