Pakistan on Tuesday said that a woman was killed and nine other people, including two police constables, were injured in Pakistan administered Kashmir on Monday as Indian troops resorted to “ruthless” mortar shelling from across the restive Line of Control (LoC), officials said, Dawn reported.
The target on the last day of 2018 was Athmuqam, the otherwise rarely hit district headquarters of the picturesque Neelum Valley, located some 80 kilometres northeast of state capital Muzaffarabad.
“First they [Indians] fired some shells on Pakistan Army posts, but suddenly they started pounding civilian installations with mortar shells,” Akhtar Ayub, an Athmuqam based disaster risk management officer was quoted as saying by Dawn.
Video footages shared by some Athmuqam residents in WhatsApp groups showed people running to safety amid the thunder of shelling and clouds of smoke.
The shelling also left 29 houses damaged partially and completely destroyed three houses and a shop. At least 13 cattle head also perished in the violence, he said.