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Soldier, woman killed in Pak troops firing, shelling in Poonch

Soldier, woman killed in Pak troops firing, shelling in Poonch

"Firing exchanges are continuing", the sources told IANS.

A soldier and a woman were killed in Pakistani troops firing and mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

"Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and firing on forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district from around 5pm", he said. Tomar who is a native of Madhya Pradesh's Tarsana village is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.

"He was a courageous and honest soldier".

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"One jawan was martyred, and another one was critically injured during ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops", a senior Army official said.

He said that the first ceasefire violation by Pakistan army was in the Mendhar sector at 5,30 am wherein it resorted to unprovoked, indiscriminate firing.

India and Pakistan routinely accuse each other's forces of violating a 2003 ceasefire accord. "Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively", he said, adding that in the exchange of fire, Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries.

Earlier in the day, a 40-year-old woman, Raqia Bi, was killed when a shell fired from across the border exploded in the verandah of her house around 5.20am. "15 am in Poonch sector along the LoC".


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