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Woman, two BSF men injured in Pak firing

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Jammu: Two Border Security Force (BSF) men sustained injuries during the cross Line of Control (LoC) firing in Mendhar sector of Poonch district, security officials said.

Officials said that intense shelling took place in Makote area of Mendhar sub-division that lasted throughout the day and was continuing when this report was being filed.

“Two BSF men guarding a forward post sustained injuries in and were evacuated to hospital where they are under treatment,” officials said.

The officials said Pakistani troops also targeted forward areas along the IB in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district and kept firing intermittently for about five hours.

The firing from the Pakistani side of the IB started around 11.45 pm on Friday and continued till 4.40 am Saturday, he said, adding the Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated strongly to the ceasefire violation.

A 40-year-old woman, Hamida Bi, was injured in Pakistani shelling in Qasba sector of Poonch on Friday, the official said, adding her condition was stated to be “stable”.

Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Rahul Yadav visited the district hospital and inquired about the health of Hamida, an official spokesman said.

Yadav, who was accompanied by Tehsildar of Haveli Anjum Khatak, directed the doctors to provide her best possible treatment, he said.

Yadav provided a financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to the injured woman out of the Red Cross Fund, the spokesman said.

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