Eight civilians including a two-year-old girl were injured today when Pakistani troops shelled civilian hamlets and forward posts along the Line of Control in the Poonch and Rajouri districts, defence officials said.
"Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0745 hours in Bhimbher Gali sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district," a defence spokesman said.
The firing was still on, the official said, adding that the Indian Army was retaliating strongly and effectively to the provocation.
The heavy firing and mortar shelling by the Pakistan Army was intermittently targeting civilian and forward areas in Balakote, Basooni, Sandote, Manjakote areas, a police official said.
While five people, including 3 labourers, were injured in Poonch, three other civilians, including the 2-year-old girl, were injured in Manajakote in the Rajouri district, officials said.
Three vehicles and electrical equipment were also damaged in the Pakistani shelling, the reports said.