Indian soldier killed in Pakistani firing

19 July, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Indian soldier killed in Pakistani firing

The trooper was killed in Nowgam sector of Handwara along the LoC in frontier Kupwara district, 125 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta said a soldier died at a hospital after being wounded in the attack.

Likewise, 55 students and teachers of Government High School in Sair had a narrow escape as the building came under direct hit of shells, damaging its large portion, they said.

"Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Naushera sector in Rajouri at around 1350 hours today". Rajouri deputy commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who is now in Bhawani to take stock of the situation said that three bullet-proof vehicles were deployed to evacuate the children from a high school at Sehar.

Strongly condemning Pakistan for continued shelling along the entire LoC in Rajouri-Poonch targeting civilian population during the past few days, he expressed concern over reports of school children getting trapped in Seir area of Nowshera today, while the population of several villages was indoors till last reports poured in.


Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria tweeted that two civilians were killed and six others were injured during "unprovoked" firing and shelling by suspected Indian border forces at two different sectors along the Line of Control - a de facto border that divides the disputed Himalayan valley between the two nuclear rivals.

The 24-year-old jawan hailed from Talwandi in Moga district of Punjab and leaves behind his parents, he added.

Pakistan government official Raja Arshad said four people were also wounded when another volley of shots were fired across the border into Nakyal sector.

Sources said an army man suffered splinter injuries in the exchange of the fire in the Bhimber Gali sector. In Middle School Kaladi, 12 trapped students were evacuated. After hectic efforts in a prolonged rescue operation 150 students held up at Govt High School Bhawani were shifted to Nowshera. The authorities have ordered schools in 23 villages to be closed indefinitely due to the firing and shelling by Pakistani troops.

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