Twin breach of truce by Pakistan, 5 civilians injured in Uri

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SRINAGAR/ JAMMU: Five Uri residents, including two minors, were injured after Pakistan shelled forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s


district on Saturday, police said. Later in the evening, another breach of truce followed along the LoC in


Baramulla SSP Abdul Qayoom said Pakistan violated the


along the LoC in Uri’s Nambla area and resorted to heavy mortar shelling, to which Indian troops effectively retaliated. Five civilians sustained splinter injuries after the shells landed in their vicinity.
The wounded were identified as Ahmed Sheikh (60), Maqbool Mangral (20), Akhtar Bano (16), Idrees Mustaq (12) and

Sakeena Begum

. They are under treatment at a hospital. Maqbool’s cow also died in the shelling, the SSP said.
The second ceasefire violation came later the same evening. “Around 6.45pm, Pakistan initiated unprovoked firing and intense mortar shelling targeting forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Rajouri’s


sector. The Indian troops retaliated befittingly,” said Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand.
Pakistan has breached the truce more than 2000 times in this year alone, the highest ever reported so far. Three soldiers have lost their lives in these violations since June 4.
On June 12, a woman was killed in Uri and two others injured after Pakistan breached the truce along the LoC in Baramulla. The heavy cross-border fire exchange — coupled with Pakistan’s indiscriminate, intense mortar shelling in civilian areas — triggered panic among residents who fled seeking safer refuges. Many families were evacuated and sheltered at a government school and later returned to their homes after a lull in the shelling.

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