At Least 15 Dead in Cross-Border Firing Between India And Pakistan
Soldiers from India and Pakistan engaged in a cross-border firing in Jammu & Kashmir on Friday. At least 15 people, including 10 civilians and five soldiers, were killed near the Line of Control. The Pakistani soldiers were trying to infiltrate in northern Kashmir but their attempt was foiled by the Indian soldiers.
However, Pakistan alleged in a statement that its military had not initiated but responded to the firing by the Indian army.
News agency Reuters quoted the Indian officials confirming that at least three soldiers, a border guard and six civilians were killed in the cross-border firing. According to the Pakistan’s military, one of their troops and four civilians were killed by the Indian army.
It is not the first time when the Indian and Pakistani soldiers exchanged fire at the mountainous border. However, the Friday firing was much more intense than the previous encounters as both of the armies have accused each other of firing at the civilian areas.
“As usual they targeted civilian populations without any remorse,” Syed Shahid Qadri, a government official in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, said as quoted by Reuters.
A woman died while 27 people were left injured in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
In Indian-ruled Kashmir, an eight-year-old child was among six civilians who lost their lives in the firing. A resident from India’s Uri, Mukhtar Ahmad, said: “Several families have fled the area and taken shelter in Uri town.”
According to the official data, over 40 civilians of Kashmir have lost their lives in the cross-border firing between India and Pakistan this year.
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