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.