5 civilians injured in ‘exchange of fire’ in Poonch sector

Five civilians were wounded, a camp of Border Security Force damaged and several shops gutted in this district on Tuesday as Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged heavy gunfire, officials said.
5 civilians injured in ‘exchange of fire’ in Poonch sector
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Five civilians were wounded, a camp of Border Security Force damaged and several shops gutted in this district on Tuesday as Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged heavy gunfire, officials said. 

They said guns started to roar in Shahpur sector this morning wherein Pakistani troops allegedly started to target Indian Army posts with small and medium arms and then started to fire mortar shells which fell in Shahpur and Kerni villages, creating panic in the areas.

Both the sides exchanged shells and bullets from 10.30 am to 4 pm during which a large number of mortar shells landed in these villages, officials said.

Similarly, at around 1 pm, firing started in Saujiyan sector also wherein several forward Indian army posts came under fire from other side, they said, adding: "The firing was retaliated and continued till 4 pm." "Dozens of mortar shells fired by Pakistani side landed in a small BSF camp at Gali Maidan area where barrels of fuel caught fire and fire spread to two more structures of the camp, damaging them," locals said. "Besides three shops of local people located near BSF camp also caught fire in mortar shelling and were gutted completely."

Firing and shelling in Saujiyan was going on at 7 pm while at Shahpur it ceased at 4 pm, officials said.

Deputy Commissioner Poonch Muhammad Harun Malik told Greater Kashmir that five persons have sustained injuries and all are out of danger while some shops were also gutted at Gali Maidan Saujiyan. "The exact number of shops gutted is not known as locals and officials could not be contacted," he said.He said a contingency plan is fully prepared and people have been asked to shift to safer places.

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