Boy, 2 others killed in Pak bombing at J&K

SRINAGAR: One child was among the three civilians killed on Sunday when Pakistani troops rained down from across the LoC in Kupwara, north of Kashmir, police said. Bombings were also reported in the border areas of the international border in the Poonch and Kathua districts since Saturday night, injuring two civilians and damaging private property.

Kupwara's SSP Shriram Ambarkar said the boy was killed in Timuna Vilgam, one of several villages that cringed under unrelenting bombardment on Sunday afternoon. The other two victims, including a woman, were there. All of these villages are close to the Indian army positions that were attacked, first from Hajitara and Dhani and then from Manzgam, Malikpora, Hafrada, Kralpora and Tumna Hachimarg.

An evaluation and evacuation process is underway, and people are being moved to safer places, Ambarkar said.

In Jammu, there were bombings on Saturday night and again from 1:40 p.m. on Sunday in the Qasba and Kirni sectors. Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing small arms and heavy mortar shelling across the LoC. Our troops are giving an adequate response, said a defense spokesman.

Police identified one of the two civilians injured since Saturday night as Bi. She was assaulted by splinters in her left thigh when a mortar shell exploded near her home in the sector late on Saturday, an official said.

Mohd Shoket, a resident of Qasba village, was wounded in a new bombing outbreak on Sunday. Several houses were also damaged.

The Poonch district administration has issued a notice, urging people to stay inside their homes.