Civilian injured in cross-border shelling along IB in Kathua

Jammu: A 45-year-old civilian was injured in heavy overnight in cross-border shelling along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Tuesday.

Bodh Raj suffered splinter injuries when a mortar shell exploded near his house in Manyari area of Hiranagar sector in the early hours of the day. He was shifted to sub-district hospital Hiranagar and discharged after treatment, the officials said.

“The shelling and firing from across the border in Manyari and adjoining villages started at 9.35 pm on Monday and continued through the night, prompting strong and effective retaliation by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel guarding the border,” they said.

A woman, Rekha Rani also fell unconscious and several houses were damaged due to heavy shelling which created panic among the border residents who were forced to spend the night in underground bunkers, they said.

The shelling ended around 5 am, the officials said.

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