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5 civilians killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

19 March 2018

Five members of a family including three children were killed and two sisters injured in fresh exchange of fire along Line of Control in Mendhar area of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday morning. She has prayed for peace to the departed souls and wished speedy recovery of the other two injured members of the family. "The Indian Army has retaliated strongly, effectively and proportionately to the dastardly act", the Defence PRO said. Pakistan forces fired automatic and small arms and mortars, and targeted civilian localities deep inside Indian territory - 3-4 km from the LoC.

Mohd. Ramzan, his wife and their three sons were killed in the firing after a Pakistani shell fell on their house.

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"Due to shelling from across in Balakote sector of Poonch, at least 5 civilians died and 2 are injured who are being shifted to the hospital", Jammu and Kashmir DGP S P Vaid told ANI. Helicopters have been rushed to retrieve the injured for specialised treatment in Jammu. "National security has become limited to the speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi".

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Akhtar asked the doctors at GMCH Jammu to provide the best available medical treatment to the girls.

"Firing was reported in some areas earlier also, but no loss of life was reported".

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The minister was accompanied by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Hemant Kumar Sharma and other officers of the divisional and district administration.

5 civilians killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan