3 girls, boy die as Indian forces shell AJK villages
Rawalpindi—An Indian quadcopter was shot down by Pakistani military forces on Saturday evening along the Line of Control at Aagahi Post in Rakhchakri sector.
Inter-Services Public Relations chief Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted in this regard, saying the Indian Quadcopter had violated Pakistani airspace and came 60 metres inside the territory after which it was targeted by Pakistani troops.
Bajwa said the Quadcopter was brought down over violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity and that it has been “taken over” by Pakistani forces. “The spy drone is used for aerial photography,”ISPR in a brief statement said.
Meanwhile, three young girls and a teenage boy were killed and three other people, including a minor girl, were injured as Indian troops shelled villages in Azad Kashmir along the Line of Control on Saturday, residents and officials said.
The killings occurred in the Keri sector of Charhoi tehsil in the southern Kotli district, where assistant commissioner Raja Arif Mahmod said, shelling had started at about 9:45am.
“One shell landed on a house in Sabzkot village, killing a teenage boy, his young sister and a cousin,” he said, identifying them as Shehzad, 18, Faiza, 10, and Areeba, 5.
Shehzad’s siblings Mahmood, 24 and Shanza, 12, and Areeba’s elder sister Shanza, 12, were critically injured and shifted to district headquarters hospital, Kotli.
Officials in the southernmost Bhimber district said the villages in Samahni and Barnala tehsils were also receiving shells from across the Line of Control.
“There was intense shelling since morning to 3pm, leaving one woman injured in Baroh village,” an official from Samahni police station told media.The woman, identified as Tazeem Bibi, was shifted to district headquarters hospital, Mirpur, the official added. From 3pm onwards, shelling had started in Barnala tehsil.
“It is indiscriminate but so far we have not received any report about casualties,” an official from Barnala police station said. A statement by ISPR said Pakistani troops were “befittingly” responding to India’s “unprovoked” shelling.