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Woman injured in cross-LoC shelling dies

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Heavy artillery shelling continues in Uri, Rajouri sectors

Srinagar/Baramulla/Rajouri, Jul 31: A 50-year-old woman, who was injured in Pakistani shelling in Gurez sector along the Line of Control in north Kashmir, died at a hospital here on Wednesday, police said.

Rahmi Begum succumbed to splinter injuries at SMHS Hospital here in the early hours, a police official said.

He said the woman was injured in the cross-LoC shelling on Tuesday after Pakistani troops resorted to “ceasefire violation” in several sectors along the LoC.

An employee of the Health department also sustained injuries in the incident.

She is undergoing treatment at a hospital and her condition is stated to be stable.

Meanwhile, firing and artillery shelling continued across the Line of Control in Hajipeer and Churanda areas of Uri sector in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district Wednesday following which panic has gripped the area.

Lal Din, Sarpanch of Churanda confirmed that heavy firing and shelling is going on from both sides. However, there were no reports of causality or loss of property, he said.

Indian and Pakistani troops on Wednesday once again traded bullets and mortars across the LoC in Rajouri district, officials said.

“At about 0030 hours, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of district Rajouri", a defence spokesman said.

The Indian Army is responding strongly and effectively, he said.

‘This is the fourth consecutive day of firing and shelling by the Pakistan Army targeting civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts, in which a baby and a jawan were killed and two others were injured,” officials said.

Pakistan troops had also shelled forward areas and villages along the LoC in Tanghar area of north Kashmir on Tuesday, they said.

On Monday, Pakistani troops had shelled areas along the LoC in Mankote and Shahpur sectors of Poonch district.

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