Three civilians killed in cross-border shelling in north Kashmir's Kupwara

A man tries to douse the fire which broke out after a shell fired from across the border hit a residential house in Kupwara on Sunday

Three civilians were killed on Sunday in cross-border shelling on the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K’s Kupwara district.

“Two civilians died in Kupwara and one in Handwara,” SSP, Kupwara, Shriram Ambarkar told IANS.

Sources said three people, including a woman and a baby, were killed when a mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops exploded in the civilian area of Kupwara district close to the LoC.

Reports said firing exchanges have now stopped in the area and district officials including police are evacuating residents living close to the LoC in these areas.

The area has been tense for the last few days as there was heavy exchange of gunfire and shelling at the LoC in Keran sector in Kupwara since Friday.