Woman killed, official injured in LoC shelling at Gurez

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A woman was killed and a health employee injured in cross-border shelling in Bagtore area of Gurez in this north Kashmir district on Wednesday.

An official said that Rahme Begum wife of Abdul Ahad, a resident of Dassi Bagtore, died due to heavy shelling from across the border.

He said that Rahme was injured after heavy artillery firing started from across the border last night.

“She was taken to CHC Dawar from where she was shifted to district hospital Bandipora. As her condition deteriorated she was referred to SMHS Hospital Srinagar in the morning, however, she succumbed on the way and was declared dead on arrival at SMHS,” he said.

He said that a health employee identified as Manzoor Ahmad son of Bashir Ahmad a resident of Naidkhai Sumbal was also injured in the cross border shelling. Manzoor, who is posted in Bagtore at a health center, has been shifted to CHC Dawar where his condition is stated to be stable.

HEAVY ARTILLERY FIRING CONTINUES IN URI

Meanwhile, heavy artillery firing continued at Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

“The Pakistani troops on Wednesday afternoon resorted to heavy shelling in Haji Pir sector and fired mortar shells in Churanda, Silkote and Hathlanga villages,” said Riyaz Ahmad, SDM Uri.

The locals said that the situation is extremely volatile as both sides are using heavy artillery, thereby endangering the lives of common people living along line of control.

The ceasefire violation along the forward villages in Sundarbani, Machil, Gurez and Uri sector started on Tuesday. The exchange of shelling between the two sides resulted in the death of a soldier in Sundarbani sector.