2 Indian women killed in Bangladesh firing
Two Indian women were killed and a child wounded in heavy shelling by Bangladeshi soldiers on a border post in Assam.Updated: Aug 11, 2006 05:55 IST
Two Indian women were killed and a child wounded in heavy shelling by Bangladeshi soldiers on a border post in Assam, officials said on Thursday.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers resorted to unprovoked firing late Wednesday on a border post near village Kinorhal, about 350 km south of Guwahati.
"The Bangladeshi soldiers fired two-inch mortars and other automatic weapons," Gautam Ganguly, district magistrate of Cachar in southern Assam said.
BSF and local police officials said at least 70 mortar shells were recovered from the village on Thursday morning.
"One of the mortars fell on a house in village Kinorhal in which two Indian women - Shanta Dey, 32, and Sabita Dey, 37 - died on the spot and a child was critically injured," said Suresh Kumar Datta, BSF Inspector General of Tripura, Cachar and Mizoram (TCM) frontier.
"Five BDR soldiers were also reported killed by one of our mortar shell fired in retaliation," Datta said in Agartala.
Over 3,000 residents of bordering Harinagar, Kinarkhal and Tukergram villages have fled their homes in panic.
The Cachar and Karimganj district administrations have jointly opened a relief camp.
First Published: Aug 10, 2006 19:08 IST