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Four females injured by Indian shelling in Kotli: ISPR

27 February, 2017

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KOTLI: Four females of a family were injured as Indian troops opened shelling on a village in Kotli District of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday, officials said. In a brief statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed the incident.

"India's unprovoked firing on (a) civilian house in Khuiratta along the LoC left two girls and two women injured," said the ISPR, adding, the victims were evacuated by army troops to a nearby hospital.

The incident occurred at about 10:50am in Janjot Bahadar village of Khuiratta sector, according to an official in Khuiratta police station.

"They (Indian troops) fired mortar shells, one of which landed in the courtyard of a house, leaving two women and two girls wounded," the official told Dawn by telephone.

The victims were identified as Kausar, 65, wife of Mohammad Karim, Ayesha, 15, daughter of Mehboob, Yasmeen Begum, 40, wife of Javed and Samra, 10, daughter of Asad. They were treated at an army-run health facility in the area. Pakistani troops responded to Indian firing, the ISPR said. On Saturday, 64-year-old Nazarat Bibi was injured in Balakot village of neighbouring Nakyal sector, when Indian troops fired at her while she was performing ablution.

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