Woman, JCO killed in LoC firing

Army Man Injured In Keran Landmine Blast

Jammu, Publish Date: Aug 13 2017 12:35AM | Updated Date: Aug 13 2017 12:35AM
Woman, JCO killed in LoC firingFile Photo

A woman and a junior commissioned officer of army were killed near Line of Control in Poonch district on Saturday when Pakistani soldiers allegedly violated ceasefire and resorted to mortar shelling, officials said.

“Around 0520 hours, mortar shells fired from across the LoC exploded near the house of Muhammad Shabir at Gohlad Kalran village, killing his wife Raqia Bi on the spot,” a police officer said.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said, “Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked, indiscriminate ceasefire violation in Mendhar sector at 5:30 am. After Indian positions retaliated effectively, firing exchanges stopped in Mendhar sector at 6.45 am.”

"Pakistan army again initiated unprovoked firing on Indian army posts in Krishna Ghati sector at around 5 pm, Indian army retaliated strongly and effectively," Mehta said, adding that in the exchange of fire, Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries.

Another soldier is reported to have been injured in Pakistan army firing in the same sector.

Soldier injured in landmine blast:

An army soldier was injured in a landmine explosion near the Line of Control at Keran in Kupwara district, an official said. 

Rifleman Akshay Kumar was injured in the blast that took place near Balbir Post this morning, the official said.

He said the injured soldier was evacuated to 92 Base Hospital of the army here for treatment.

Meanwhile, at least 658 schools along the LoC in Nowshera area reopened today after remaining closed for a week following India and Pakistan armies trading fire.

Authorities had closed 67l schools in Nowshera area of Rajouri district on August 5 for safety and security of students in view of heavy shelling.

Thirteen schools in vulnerable areas would remain closed till further orders, officials said.

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