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Jammu, Oct 2: Three children were killed and many civilians were injured as alleged heavy shelling and firing by Pakistani troops on forward areas and border hamlets in Poonch district of Jammu on Monday.
Reports said Pakistan troops used 120 mm and 82 mm mortar shells to pound border hamlets and military posts in Degwar, Banvat, Bagyal Dhara, Shahpur and Kirni sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch at around 6:50 am.
“Two boys aged six and 10 years and a 15-year-old girl were killed and 12 others were injured in the Pakistani shelling and firing. Two of the critically injured persons were airlifted to Government Medical College Hospital Jammu for specialised treatment,” a police spokesman said.
Deputy Commissioner Poonch Tariq Zarger said Degwar was the worst-hit in the shelling which sparked panic among the people. “However, the residents are reluctant to migrate from the affected villages and have moved to safer places within their villages,” he told reporters.