Woman, Soldier killed, 2 jawans injured in Rajouri

A woman and an army soldier were killed, while as two soldiers and several civilians were injured when Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and villages using small arms and mortar shells along the Line of Control (LoC) in the twin frontier districts of Poonch and Rajouri. Reports reveal that today morning in Balakote sector of Mendhar, small arms firing started in forward locations and mortar shelling started at 09:15 AM.
” Soon Pakistani side escalated the level of mortar shelling to one of the highest level of past years and almost all the forward locations on Line of Control and villages, especially in Balakote, came under direct target of mortar ” reports revealed.
” Heavy shelling on villages and LoC locations continued full day today with Pakistani army used 120 mm mortar which were raining in villages of Balakote, especially in Dhrati, Basooni and Gohlad ” it adds. In the shelling a lady namely Rashida Bi (55) wife of Ghulam Qadir resident of Gohlad died after a mortar shell of Pakistan landed near her killing her on spot while her daughter Nazma Koser (22) daughter of Ghulam Qadir got injured in this incident and was evacuated to SDH Mendhar where she is under treatment. Similarly an army jawan of just 20 years of age, identified as Bimal Tamang deployed on a forward location of army near LoC in Rajouri sector in the area of Kanga Gali also lost his life when shell exploded near him injuring him badly and later jawan succumbed to his injuries.
Jawan identified as Rifleman Bimal Tamang is just 20 years old and his survived by him mother Nirmaya Tamang and is a resident of Dharan in Nepal.
Besides this a lady and her mother in law also got injured in the shelling.
As per reports, Rubina Koser (30) wife of Zahir Abbas resident of Basooni in Balakote Mendhar and her mother in law Tasveer Bi (50) wife of Mohammad Latif also got injured in shelling after a mortar shell landed near their house. Both the injured were soon shifted to SDH Mendhar by a team led by DySP Shahid Nayeem from where they were referred to district hospital Rajouri.
” Tasveer Bi is having splinter injury in right shoulder and is safe while her daughter in law Rubina Koser is having multiple splinter injuries in head, abdomen and heap region and has been shifted to GMCH Jammu from district hospital Rajouri ” a doctor of district hospital Rajouri said.
On the other hand several army soldiers also got injured in heavy mortar shelling of Pakistan.
Details available from sources said that some army jawans deployed in different
locations of LoC also sustained injuries out of which one has been air-lifted to higher army hospital while some army jawans have been provided treatment in the local army health institutions.
Besides this several structures including houses, cattle sheds also got damaged in mortar shelling.
A number of cattle of people from Balakote also got killed in the day long shelling and firing of Pakistan, they added.

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