Woman killed in Pak shelling in Poonch

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/16/2019 8:31:37 AM

4 cattle perish, houses damaged

POONCH, Oct 15: A 24-year-old woman was killed on Tuesday as Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling Tuesday morning targetting forward border posts and villages on and along the Line of Control (LoC) in in Qasba and Kerni sectors of Poonch district.
Four cattle also perished in intense shelling by Pak army, officials said.
The deceased woman has been identified as Shameema Akhtar, a resident of Noona-Bandi in Shahpur sector. Poonch District Development Commissioner Rahul Yadav, while confirming the killing of woman in ceasefire violation by Pakistan, said that the woman Shameema, wife of Maqsood Ahmed, resident of Noona Bandi Lost her life due to heavy Pakistani shelling. “We have given an ex-gratia relief of Rs 10,000 cash and Rs one lakh cheque to next kin of the deceased,” Yadav said. He added four buffaloes also perished in the Pakistani shelling on forward villages and posts in shelling which started early this morning.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand, while confirming ceasefire violation, said, “Pakistan army violated the ceasefire by resorting to small-arms firing and mortar shelling in the Qasba and Kerni sectors of Poonch around 9.30 AM.”
“Indian army retaliated effectively to silence the Pakistani guns, but the casualties suffered by the other side were not known immediately,” he said.
A police official said the firing intensified as the day passed and spread to the nearby Shahpur sector, causing panic among the border residents. Most of the people stayed indoors, the official said, adding that Shameema Akhtar was hit by splinters after a mortar shell landed near her. Several houses suffered damages in the cross-border shelling, he said.
A heavy exchange of fire continued till late afternoon.
The death of the woman raised the number of fatalities in Pakistani firing along the LoC in the past four days to three. Earlier, two army jawans were killed in two separate incidents of ceasefire violation in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district and the Uri sector in Baramulla district on Friday and Sunday respectively.
Ghulam Mohammed, a local said, “Shelling by Pakistani army shelling created a sense of insecurity among villagers as a woman in Noona Bandi also lost her life.”

 

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