2 civilians killed, 5 others injured as India-Pakistan trade gunfire along LoC in north Kashmir

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A 40-year-old man was among two persons killed while as five others, including a woman, were injured as troops of India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire along the Line of Control in Karnah area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara and Poonch districts on Friday.

An unnamed senior army officer told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS) that Pakistan army resorted to ceasefire violation along the Line of Control by firing small arms and mortars, resulting in injuries to six civilians at separate places. “Army gave befitting reply,” he added.

Unnamed official sources identified the injured as Mohammad Arif from Shamspora, Mohammad Yaqoob from Baghballa Kachadiyan and Rafaqat Hussain Shahfrom Kachadiyan, 42-year-old Hamida Begium wife Mohammad Akbar, Zakir Khan, 24, and Nasser Ahmad Khan, all residents of Rangward.

All three injured persons were shifted to nearby hospital wherefrom three persons—Mohammad Arif with splinter injury on head, Mohammad Yaqoob Mir having forehead splinter injury and Mohammad Arif with injury on lower back and groin–were shifted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura for advanced treatment.

Later Mohammad Arif succumbed to injuries while condition of the two others is stated to be critical, the officials said.

Meanwhile, sources told GNS that one civilian was killed in Tain Mankote in Poonch. He has been identified as Mohammad Sadeeq son of Farooz Din. (GNS)

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