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Two injured as Pakistan targets Indian troops in J-K’s Poonch and Rajouri

A defence spokesman said Pakistani troops initiated indiscriminate firing at 8.15 am, forcing Indian troops to retaliate strongly.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2017 18:43 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times, Jammu
Pakistani army fired at Indian troops in Poonch and Rajouri. (ANI Twitter)

At least two persons were injured on Wednesday as the Pakistan Army fired at Indian forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0815 hours in Poonch and Bhimber Gali sectors along the LoC,” said a defence spokesman.

The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, he said.

The injured were identified as Shamim Akhter, a 55-year-old woman from Dharati, and Raza Ahmed, a 28-year-old from Basooni – both villages in Balakote sector in Poonch.

The injured being taken to a hospital. (ANI Twitter)

An intelligence official said the Pakistan Army shot 82mm and 120mm mortars, targetting dozens of villages in Bhimber Gali, Balakote, Shahpur and Poonch along the LoC. Most of the panicky villagers stayed indoors, he said.

Some schools along the LoC were closed as a precautionary measure.

On Tuesday, army chief General Bipin Rawat said militants were waiting across the LoC to infiltrate into India and the army was ready to tackle them.

On September 24, two soldiers were injured as Pakistan fired at posts along the LoC in Balakote. A day earlier, Pakistani troops targeted border outposts in Arnia, RS Pura, Ramgarh and Poonch sectors along the international border, and along the LoC in Jammu, Samba and Poonch districts, resulting in injuries to seven persons.

Over 20,000 people have fled their hamlets along the international border in Arnia and RS Pura sectors due to firing and shelling from across the border.

“Pakistan, which initially started firing in Poonch district, later spread the arc of fire to Shahpur area of Poonch and then to Manjakote sector of adjoining Rajouri district,” said the intelligence official.

Meanwhile, a search operation was launched on Wednesday in Samba district’s Madhwal Rajpura village over some suspicious activity.

Surbhi Katal, a 17-year-old girl from Madhwal and a student of class 12, saw a suspicious person in a field and she tipped the police.

Police and the army immediately pressed into service their quick reaction teams and launched a search operation in the area, including Babbar Nallah and Mawa, said a police officer.

However, nothing was found and the search was called off.

Samba town on the Jammu-Pathankot highway has several army formations and has been attacked by militants in the past.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 10:21 IST