Five civilians killed, two injured in shelling along LoC

Five civilians killed, two injured in shelling along LoC
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Srinagar, Mar 18: Five members of a family were killed and two others injured in heavy shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Sunday, a senior police officer said.
Army PRO Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Bimber Gali started around 7.45 am. “They are specifically targeting civilian areas,” he said.
Director General of Police SP Vaid said, “Due to shelling from across (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch, five civilians of a family died & two are injured who are being shifted to the hospital”.
While Poonch family lost five members, Gousia Academy Dhargloon lost two of its toppers in them.
The five persons of the family including Mohammad Ramzan (45), his wife Malika Bi (40) and their three sons Abdul Rehman (8th class student), Abdul Rizwan (7th class student) and Nazarat (2nd class student) were killed while two of their daughters Nowreen (5th class student) and Mehreen (Ist class student) were critically injured when a shell hit their house amid Indo-Pak cross-border violence at Devta Dhargloon area of Balakote sector.
Both the injured were airlifted to Government Medical College Hospital Jammu for treatment.
The family members had just gathered to have tea together at 7:40 am when a shell hit their one-room mud house killing five of them on spot and left two minor daughters injured.
Among the sons, Rehman was 8th class topper while Rizwan topped 7th standard exams.
“The brothers were toppers of our school and the entire school is mourning their demise. There can be nothing tragic than losing two precious gems,” Mohammad Marouf Principal of the school said.
Ramzan’s brother Abdul Shakoor said that they heard the blast at around 7:40 am today and what unfold was the biggest tragedy for the family.
The slain members have been buried as the entire village mourns the demise of the innocents. The villagers urged India and Pakistan to shun the path of confrontation so that innocents are not made to suffer.
They said that it is the people of Jammu and Kashmir who suffer both humans as well as property losses.
SSP Poonch Rajiv Panday along with his team arrived at the spot and took stock of the situation.
Talking to a news agency he said that the house was hit by a shell fired by the Pakistani army. (GNS)