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Couple, their son killed in border firing in Poonch

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Srinagar: A husband-wife duo and their teenage son were killed in cross-border shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Khari Karmara village of Poonch sector late Friday evening.

Officials said that Pakistan heavily shelled Khari Karmara village of Poonch sector on Friday evening and one of the 120 mm mortar shelling hit a residential house in the village.


He said that the husband-wife duo and their 15-year-old son were killed when the mortar shell hit the residential house. 

The officials identified the husband-wife duo as Mohammad Rafiq (52) and Rafiq Bi (50), and their son Irfan Ahmad.

Another family member also got injured, who was evacuated to the hospital amid heavy shelling in the area.

A Defence Ministry spokesman said at around 7.20 p.m. on Friday, Pakistan Army initiated “unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Gulpur sector by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars.”

“Pakistan also resorted to heavy unprovoked shelling in Khari Karmara sector. Indian Army gave befitting response to Pakistan ceasefire violation,” the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Poonch, Rahul Yadav confirmed that three persons were killed and another one injured in the cross-border shelling. (KNO)