In an escalation of cross-border military confrontation, 8 civilians were killed on Tuesday and 22 injured in Jammu region due to Pakistani shelling, prompting a strong retaliation by Indian Army which killed two Pakistani soldiers.
Since early morning, Pakistan troops resorted to heavy shelling of hamlets and military posts in Samba, Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts along the international border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Five people died and nine others were injured in the shelling in Ramgarh sector of Samba district today,” deputy commissioner of Samba Sheetal Nanda said.
The casualties took place during shelling in Jarda and Rangoor camp villages along the IB in Ramgarh sector.
Along the LoC, two women were killed in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in Panjgrian border hamlet in Manjakote belt of Rajouri district, deputy commissioner of Rajouri Shabir Ahmed Bhat said.
He said three Army porters suffered injuries in the shelling in Noushera sector of the district and they have been hospitalised.
Pakistani shells landed in Mendhar town of Poonch district, injuring three people, police said.
“Pakistani Rangers started firing with small arms followed by mortars at one place and further spread to four or five places in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors of Samba and Jammu district from 06:30am,” DIG BSF (G) Dharmendra Pareek said.
A woman aged between 21 to 22 years died during shelling in a hamlet in Ramgarh sector of Samba district, SSP Samba Joginder Singh said. Six persons have been injured in the ceasefire violations since yesterday.