Srinagar, Mar 2: Pakistan Army said Saturday that two of its soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian forces near the Line of Control.
The soldiers were killed in the Nakiyal Sector of the LoC, it said.
“Reports of casualties of Indian troops and damage to post due to effective response by Pakistan Army,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army, said in a statement.
Separately, the army claimed that Indian firing was continuing across the LoC, which killed as two civilians and injured two others, including a woman.
Meanwhile, three persons including a woman and a girl sustained injuries after the armies of two countries traded gunfire along Line of Control in Nowshehra Sector of District Rajouri in Jammu.
Officials said that at about 12:30 pm, Pakistan initiated “unprovoked” shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along LoC in Nowshera Sector.
“Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively,” the officials said adding three persons have sustained injuries during the shelling.
The three injured persons were identified as Azad Ahmed, 20, son of Mohd Shabir of Ghani village in Mankote Mendhar Tehsil, Zahida Khatoon, 15, daughter Muhammad Shabir of village Ghani Tehsil Mankote Mendhar and Zarina, 45, wife of Mohd Shabir of Ghani village of Tehsil Mankote Mendhar.
Dr Parvaiz Ahmed Khan Block Medical Officer (BMO) Mendhar said all injured are under treatment at government sub district hospital Mendhar and are stable. He said that one among the injured Azad Ahmad would be referred to District Hospital Rajouri in case his condition will not improve.
400 addt’l bunkers sanctioned for Poonch, Rajouri
Monitor News Bureau
Jammu, Mar 2: In view of the heightened cross-border shelling, the Government has sanctioned additional 400 individual bunkers for Poonch and Rajouri districts with 200 additional bunkers for each district.
The Government has directed that to ensure speedy construction of these bunkers, funds would be placed with the DCs through the Rural Development Department. The bunkers would get built in the next one month as per the prescribed specifications.
According to locals, the bunkers have been found to be an effective response to cross-border shelling, providing border residents a safe place to shelter themselves during shelling incidents.