Pakistan says 10 civilians, 3 soldiers killed in Indian firing on LoC

Four army men injured in Kashmir, four BSF men in Jammu

Srinagar: Day after three soldiers were killed at Machil in Kupwara district of north Kashmir in BAT action, Pakistan Wednesday said India targeted its civil population and also attacked a passenger as well as soldiers, resulting in 13 deaths on Line of Control while eight Indian soldiers were also injured from this side in cross-border shelling amid heavy exchange of mortars and gunfire.

Pakistani officials, as were quoted by local and international media, said nine civilians were killed, and nine injured, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir when an Indian artillery shell hit a passenger bus.

“The passenger bus was attacked by Indian shelling at 8:30 in the morning, resulting in the death of nine people onboard,” they said. According to the Pakistani police, the bus was heading towards Muzaffarabad from Kel when it came under attack at Lawat.

Also, three Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian troops near the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“Three Pakistani soldiers valiantly embraced shahadat at the Line of Control while responding to Indian unprovoked firing,” the ISPR said. The army’s media wing identified the soldiers as Captain Taimoor Ali Khan, Havaldar Mushtaq Hussain and Lance Naik Ghulam Hussain. In a separate incident, Pakistan said Indian shelling in Nakyal and Tatta Pani left one person dead and seven others injured.

Here on this side, heavy exchange of gunfire rattled LoC at Machil, Keran and Gurez sectors along Line of Control. Two soldiers of 21 Rajputna Rifles were injured at Keran while two others of 21 Grenadiers were hurt at Machil. They have been hospitalized. In Jammu, Pakistan Army also fired at Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors.

A senior BSF officer said: “Two BSF jawans suffered minor injuries in ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops along LoC in Bhimbher Gali area of Rajouri district at 0945 hours”. The cross-LoC firing was on in several sectors till late hours.(GNS)