Two Indians Killed in Kashmir Border Firing

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In the wake of the Pakistani action in Nowshera tehsil of Rajouri district, schools in the area were closed down on 11 and 12 May.

Fourteen families from border villages in the Naushera sector left their homes on Friday following indiscriminate shelling by Pakistani troops.

Agencies add: Heavy shelling killed two people, including a teenager, in Indian held Kashmir on Saturday, an official said, in the latest deadly skirmish along the heavily militarised Line of Control.

He said that the unprovoked Pakistan aggression is being responded to by the Indian forces in effective manner. In the unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops, two civilians had lost their lives and one was severely injured.

More than 2,694 families, comprising 10,042 people, have been affected in shelling which led to two dead, six injured, 65 livestock dead and damage to standing crops apart from almost 45 partially and severely damaged houses, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.

It is the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan in as many days.

A BSF man had suffered minor injury when Pakistani Rangers yesterday violated the ceasefire along International Border.

Almost 1,000 residents of border areas in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri sector were evacuated after shelling from the Pakistan side early on Sunday.

On Thursday, two Pakistan Army soldiers were injured in retaliatory firing from the Indian side post a ceasefire violation in the Nowshera sector. "While three camps have been made operational, 28 others have been notified", Choudhary said.

Three of their relatives were wounded when mortar bombs hit parts of Rajouri district on the Indian side of the official border known as the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Around 120 officers from various departments have been deployed to organise facilities at relief camps.

Choudhary also apprised that evacuation has been halted in view of heavy shelling. Nine perons were killed in these incidents.

India and Pakistan have a long history of bitter relations over Kashmir, a Himalayan territory claimed by both.

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