Civilians Killed In Jammu & Kashmir Ceasefire Violation In Poonch's Balakote

The police official said heavy shelling was going on from both the sides. File

The police official said heavy shelling was going on from both the sides. File

Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand noted, "They are specifically targeting civilian areas".

Five members of a single family were killed Sunday when a mortar bomb fired by Pakistani soldiers landed on their home in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said.

"Chowdhary, his wife Malka Bi and three sons were killed".

The civilian casualties occurred in forward village of Devta Dhar when a shell hit the house of Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan. "Two others, who were injured, have been shifted to the hospital", Jammu and Kashmir Directorate General of Police SP Vaid posted on Twitter.

Two injured have been flown in an IAF helicopter to the medical college at Jammu for treatment.

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A police official said heavy shelling was now underway and the Army troops were retaliating appropriately. "There is no Army deployment or any installation in the area", a defence spokesperson said in Jammu.

"The best gift India and Pakistan gave to border areas, areas near LoC, is ceasefire but off late it has remained confined to paper", National Conference working president Abdullah said. "My deepest condolences to their family", she said.

The injured include Nasreen Kouser, daughters of Mohammed Ramzan - 11-year-old Nasreen Kouser and 5-year-old Mahreen Kouser.

"The government will take full care of the two minor girls, who have no one left to look after them in the family, said state works minister Naeem Akhtar, who is also the government spokesperson. Firing is going on", ANI quoted SD Singh Jamwal, IGP Jammu, as saying.

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