Three chil­dren killed by cross-border fire

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL - —AFP

Three chil­dren were killed and three oth­ers in­jured yes­ter­day when mor­tar shells fired by In­dian forces hit a vil­lage along the Line of Con­trol (LOC) in Pak­istan-ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir, of­fi­cials said. “Two girls and their brother died when mor­tar shells fired by In­dian troops hit their house in Kotli dis­trict along the Line of Con­trol (LOC),” Raja Arif Mehmodd, a lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial, told AFP.

He said the el­dest girl was aged 10 and the youngest girl aged five. “All be­longed to the same fam­ily,” he added. Mean­while, the Pak­istani mil­i­tary said Pak­istan and In­dian border troops ex­changed fire across the Line of Con­trol (LoC)in two other sec­tors on Satur­day, the In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR) said. “In­dian troops re­sort to un­pro­voked fir­ing in Tan­der and Baroh ar­eas of Bhim­ber sec­tor to­day,” said a state­ment is­sued by the mil­i­tary adding that no loss of life was re­ported in the lat­est ex­change of fire.

On Fri­day, Pak­istan’s navy said it had “pushed” an In­dian sub­ma­rine away from Pak­istani wa­ters, as ten­sions be­tween the nu­clear-armed ri­vals con­tinue to smoul­der over un­rest in the dis­puted Kash­mir re­gion. Ten­sions across the long-dis­puted de facto Hi­malayan border reached dan­ger­ous lev­els in Septem­ber, when In­dia blamed Pak­istani mil­i­tants for a raid on an army base that killed 19 sol­diers.

In­dia said it had re­sponded by car­ry­ing out “sur­gi­cal strikes” across the heav­ily mil­i­ta­rized border, spark­ing a fu­ri­ous re­ac­tion from Is­lam­abad, which de­nied the strikes took place. There have since been re­peated out­breaks of cross-border fir­ing, with both sides re­port­ing deaths and in­juries in­clud­ing of civil­ians.

Kash­mir has been di­vided be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan since the end of Bri­tish colo­nial rule in 1947. Both claim the Hi­malayan ter­ri­tory in full and have fought two wars over the moun­tain­ous re­gion.

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