Jammu and Kashmir: Seven killed in Pakistan shelling, trouble spreads to LoC

Four members of a family died when Pakistani mortar shells started raining on Arnia town around 3 am.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: October 7, 2014 8:36 am
pak A villager shows mortar shells allegedly fired from the Pakistan side in Chanana village at the India-Pakistan International border at Arnia sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

After the killing seven civilians and injuring nearly 50 others in night long shelling by Pakistan on civilian areas in Arnia sector along the international border near Jammu, the trouble has spread to Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Monday morning.

The entire Line of Control (LoC) right from Krishna Ghati (KG) sector to Mankote, Balakote, Keriand even Bhimber Gali (BG) have come under attack with Pakistani troops resorting to automatic weapons fire and mortar shelling from 8.30 am onwards. The Indian army was also retaliating, sources said, adding the exchange of fire was continuing as per reports reaching here in the afternoon.

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Earlier, on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, seven people were killed and nearly 50 others injured in Pakistani shelling in Arnia sector along the International Border near Jammu during early hours of Monday.

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Sources said that four members of a family died when Pakistani mortar shells started raining on Arnia town around 3 am. Three more people succumbed to injuries at the hospital. A number of shells fell even in Arnia town’s main bazaar and the bus stand causing extensive damage to property and injuring civilians.

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Significantly, it is for the first time since 2003 that Pakistani shells have fallen in Arnia bazaar. The town is nearly two kms away from the international border, which means that the Pakistani Rangers used long range mortars to target civilian population deep inside the Indian territory, sources said.

The Pakistani Rangers had been resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire along the international border since October 3. After a lull in exchange of fire for nearly a month, the Pakistani Rangers stepped up shelling during early hours of Monday around 12.30 am causing panic among the villagers. Apart from Arnia town, the villages most hit by shelling are Trewa, Suhagpur and Devigarh.

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Border Security Force officials here said that Pakistani Rangers targeted ten BSF border outposts, besides civilian population with heavy mortar shelling and small arms fire in Arnia sector late last night. Pointing out that five civilians were killed and nearly 50 others injured in Pakistani shelling, they said that BSF also gave a befitting and calibrated reply to the Rangers.

The loss in Pakistan territory is yet to be ascertained, they said, adding that the firing was continuing till reports last came in.

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The latest mortar shelling by Pakistan has led to fresh spate of migration from various border villages. The civil administration has been put on high alert to meet the situation arising out of the migration of people in the wake of continued shelling by Pakistan.

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    Alok
    Oct 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm
    Time to finish enemy .
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      farukh
      Oct 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm
      alas
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        Rangaesh Gadasalli
        Oct 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm
        Omar Abdulla came out condemning this cowardly attack by pak army during festival season. we hope TV and Media which gave interviews to separatists and ask their opinion now. These were criticizing the super human efforts of our Indian army during the recent floods. time to expose the traitors.
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          Ibn Rahat
          Oct 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm
          It is unfortunate that the innocent civilinas of State of Jammu and Kashmir are killed both sides.. Why don't the leaders go for resolving the issue of Kashmir for ever so that these hostalities end for evern
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            INDIAN
            Oct 7, 2014 at 6:47 am
            Sorry for kashmir .. After all this none of bjp centre govt had announce anything... They are busy in addressing electiona rally's in maharashtra and haryana ..
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              Muhammad Sohaib
              Oct 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm
              India and stan often accuse each other of violating a border ceasefire....
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                Arshad Nazir
                Oct 7, 2014 at 10:59 am
                India Express tell your citizen how many stani killed near Sialkot. 7 civilan including 1 woman killed more then 15 injured.
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                  Anil
                  Oct 7, 2014 at 10:24 am
                  I have 56 in chest...Pak never do any misadventures.... where is??
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