At least two civilians, a father-daughter pair, were killed and four army personnel injured in cross-border shelling by Pakistan in Nowshera sector of Rajouri, J&K. Three others were also wounded.
"Heavy cross-border shelling started in border villages Khori, Dhanaka, Ganaih, Kalsian Bhawani, Sarya, Jhangar and Khamba at 7:30am on Saturday," Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary confirmed.
Cross-border shelling kills civilians
Evacuation from border villages underway
The dead civilians have been identified as 51-year-old Tufail Hussain and his 13-year-old daughter Asia Bi. Hussain's wife Zaitoon Begum was critically injured and is undergoing treatment.
Two other relatives were also injured.
Meanwhile, border villages were evacuated and schools have been ordered to shut indefinitely. Ninety-six people arrived at relief camps late on May 12.
14 May 2017
Pakistan violates ceasefire yet again
Pakistan has violated the ceasefire yet again along the Line of Control in Chiti Bakri area of Rajouri sector in J&K.
Officials said Pakistan resorted to small arms fire, automatic weapons and 82mm and 120 mm mortars. Indian troops have been retaliating against the violation in equal measure.
Sources said that 7 Indian villages were targeted by Pakistan.
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Shelling has been continuing since three days
Indian forces retaliated "strongly and effectively", said army spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Manish Mehta.
On May 11, two Pakistani soldiers were injured in cross-border firing. Earlier, a woman was killed and her husband and another person injured when Pakistan troops fired automatic weapons on civilian areas.
A BSF jawan was also injured in shelling.