Three of a family killed in LoC shelling in J&K’s Poonch

at 11:25 pm
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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): A couple and their teenage son were killed in unprovoked cross-border shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Khari-Karmara village of J&K’s Poonch sector late this evening, officials said.

They said that the Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling in Khari-Karmara village of the Poonch sector this evening and one of the 120 mm mortar shells hit a residential house in the village.

“A husband-wife duo and their teenage son got seriously injured, who were evacuated to the hospital, but they died on the way,” an official in Poonch administration said. “Their house got completely damaged,” he added.

The official identified the slain husband-wife duo as Muhammad Rafiq (52), and Rafiqa Bi (50). Their son was identified as Irfan Ahmed (14).

He said that another family member also got injured, who was shifted to hospital where his condition is serious.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Poonch, Rahul Yadav said that three persons have died and the fourth one has got injured due to the cross LoC shelling in the Poonch sector this evening. He said since shelling is on in the area, a team from the administration will rush to the spot tomorrow to assess the nature of damage caused by the shelling.

Earlier, defence officials had said that the Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling in the Poonch sector and the Indian Army was giving a befitting reply.