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One dead, 5 injured in cross-LoC firing

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Srinagar: One civilian died while as five others were injured in firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam and Tangdhar sectors of north Kashmir on Friday, officials said.

“Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation (CFV) along the LoC in Naugam and Tangdhar  sectors in  Kupwara (district of north Kashmir) by firing mortars and other weapons,” an Army official said.

He said six civilians were injured due to Pakistani shelling in Tangdhar sector while no casualties had been reported from Naugam sector so far.

A civilian who was injured in cross border shelling succumbed to his injures this evening.

A police official said that a civilian identified as Mohammad Arif son of Alif Din of Shamaspura Baghbela Karnah succumbed to his injures at Kupwara hospital this evening.

The officer however, said the other five persons who were injured in cross border shelling are said to be stable.

The defense spokesman said that a “befitting response” was given to the Pakistani aggression by the Indian Army.

There was exchange of fire between the two armies in Poonch sector as well.

“At about 0630 hours, Pak army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along LoC in Balakote sector of Poonch district,” a defence spokesman said.

“The Indian Army retaliated befittingly,” he said, adding that the Pakistani troops have shelled forward areas along the LoC in Qasba, Krishnagati, Balakote, Mankote, Mendhar, Kirni, and sectors of Poonch district and Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district in the last three days.

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