2 civilians, BSF man killed; 24 civilians, 2 troopers injured in border shelling

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Mehbooba express anguish over killings

JAMMU: Two civilians and a Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel were killed while as over twenty persons sustained injuries in separate incidents of cross border shelling in Jammu region on Friday.

A police spokesman in a statement issued to GNS said that due to unprovoked shelling by Pakistani forces along the border in RS Pura, Arina in Jammu, Ghagwal in Samba, Rajbagh in Kathua.

“Two civilians including a woman were killed by Pakistani firing in two separate incidents at RS Pura and Arina”, the spokesman said, adding that the woman died after hit by a shell at Arina sector while as a young man killed in RS Pura sector.

The spokesman further said that 24 civilians and two BSF men sustained splinter injuries in these areas and were hospitalized.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief and anguish over the killing of three persons during the cross border shelling in the RS Pura, Suchetgarh and Arnia sectors today.

The Chief Minister said that it is very unfortunate that the people of border areas in the State continue to bear the brunt of cross border fire power. She said today’s incidents of shelling are a proof of her assertion that the people of the State are the worst victims of acrimony between the two neighbouring countries while appealing for cessation of hostilities on the borders.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti has directed the Jammu divisional administration to ensure specialized treatment to the people injured in the shelling. She has also directed the respective Deputy Commissioners to organise camps for the affected people at safe locations and ensure that all basic amenities are provided to them. (GNS)