5 of a family killed in Pak firing along LoC

Farooq Abdullah

According to the reports, today five civilians were killed and two others were wounded in heavy shelling by Pakistani delegations in Balakote sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

Army PRO Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Bimber Gali started around 7.45 am.

Mohammad Ramzan, his wife and three sons were killed as shells hit their house in the Balakote sector. The Pakistan army targeted civilian areas in Devta village in Mendhar's Balakote.

Both the girls were shifted to Rajouri for initial treatment where from they were shifted to Jammu Medical Hospital, the top administrative officer in the region, Shahid Choudhary, said. The Indian troops were retaliating appropriately and effectively in the ongoing gunfire, the police said.

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Earlier last month, the Opposition had slammed the government over the increase in ceasefire violations at the India-Pakistan border. Helicopters have been rushed to retrieve the injured for specialised treatment in Jammu.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet expressed her anguish and condolences to the family.

"The firing has stopped and the local administration has reached the area".

The injured include Nasreen Kouser, daughters of Mohammed Ramzan - 11-year-old Nasreen Kouser and 5-year-old Mahreen Kouser. He said the government is taking all the administrative measures to reach out to the affected population in the area. "Firing is going on", ANI quoted SD Singh Jamwal, IGP Jammu, as saying.

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