Minor among three killed in shelling from across LoC in Kupwara

Kupwara: Three civilians including a minor and woman were killed in intense shelling from across the LoC in north Kashmir’s Kupwara today, police said.

A police official told Wire Service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that three civilians, two from Chowkibal and a minor from Timuna Vilgam village of Kupuwara were killed during LoC shelling late this afternoon.

He said that the jurisdiction comes under two different police districts, among the three killed, two come under Kupwara and the other under Handwara police district. “Two civilians including a lady were killed who belong to Chowkibal Kupwara and the minor belongs to Timuna, Vilgam jurisdiction of Handwara police”, he said.

Officials earlier said that this afternoon Pakistani rangers resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation creating fear among the local population and targeted the posts of Indian Army.

They said that the initial fire started from Hajitara, Dhani and later in the areas like manzgam, Malikpora, TCP, Hafrada, Kralpora &Tumna Hachimarg chowkibal.

Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Kupwara, Shriram Ambarkar , told KNO that two civilians have died in Chowkibal area. “The assessment and evacuation process is underway and people are being moved to safer places”, he said.

There is no immediate report about the damages to houses and other property as of now the people are being moved to safer places to ensure their safety once this ends only then exact figures can be disclosed, he said—(KNO)