Samba Ceasefire Violation: Five Civilians Injured In Overnight Firing By Pakistani Troops

26/10/2015 11:43 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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GOHALAN, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 20: An Indian army soldier is silhouetted against the snow capped mountains of Pakistan administered Kashmir as he guards the the Line Of Control on April 20, 2015 in Gohalan, 120 Kms (75 miles) north west of Srinagar , the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. People living along the ceasefire line dividing Kashmir into India and Pakistan-administered portions have continually been at risk due to hostility between the armies of the two nuclear rivals. India on Sunday alledged a ceasefire violation by Pakistan along what New Delhi prefers to call the International Border and Working Boundary by Islamabad, snaking the southern Jammu region of the disputed area. The Indian army in northern Uri district say it has increased its vigil along the Line of Control (LOC), another military line that further divides the region up to the Siachen glaciers. Both Pakistan and India have traded blame over unprovoked shelling which India says is aimed to facilitate the crossover of rebels to their side, a charge Pakistan denies. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)

SAMBA -- Pakistani troops have targeted 30 Border Security Force outposts in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba and Kathua sectors since last night, where five civilians have been injured and many houses have been damaged.

The unprovoked firing by Pakistan entered its fourth day on Monday and the civilians have been the most affected as they are facing major loss of property including their houses and livestock.

Five civilians, including children were injured when a mortar landed in a villager's house. The residents told ANI that 50 mortar shells landed in and near the village.

The civilians have been evacuated to safer shelters for now.

"It's been 4 days since we have slept. The firing and the shelling starts and stops on its own accord and we don't know what to do. Are we supposed to leave? Where do we go? The government needs to find a way to end this. We can't keep taking the loss that we face every day," a local of the Bobiya village in Kathua told ANI.

Pakistan troops began firing on Friday evening and so far a civilian has been killed and 13 have been injured.

Indian troops have been retaliating heavily to the unprovoked fire.

Two Pakistani security officials say "unprovoked" Indian gunfire and shelling has killed at least two civilians near the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

The officials said on Monday that another 14 people were wounded in the incident the night before, near Sialkot, a city in the eastern Punjab province. They say Pakistani forces responded, and hundreds of residents have fled the exchange of fire.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.

Skirmishes between Pakistani and Indian border guards are common, with each side routinely blaming the other. Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the disputed Kashmir region. Each controls part of Kashmir but both nations claim it in its entirety

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