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Heavy shelling in Poonch by Pakistani Army, India retaliates

Pakistani troops reportedly targeted civilian population along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati and Balnoie areas of Poonch, triggering panic among residents.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2017 22:33 IST
Indian Army soldiers stand guard near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch.
Indian Army soldiers stand guard near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch.(PTI FILE)

The Pakistani Army resorted to heavy shelling of India’s forward military posts and civilian areas in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday night.

Pakistani troops used mortar bombs and fired with automatic weapons from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati sector, prompting Indian troops to retaliate, a senior army official said.

“Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 2030 hours along the Line of Control (LC) in Krishana Ghati sector,” the official said.

Reports said Pakistani troops also targeted civilian population and hamlets along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Balnoie areas of Poonch district, triggering panic among the area dwellers.

The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively, the official said, adding the firing was presently on.

The Indian side said earlier in the day that it had killed 13 militants in the last 96 hours as it foiled multiple infiltration bids on the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The sinister design of Pakistan Army to push in multiple groups of armed intruders across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir continue to be defeated by pro-active operations being carried out on the LoC,” said a statement issued by the Udhampur-headquartered Northern Command.