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Five residential houses, masjid damaged in Kashmir in shooting between L0C | India News


SRINAGAR: Five residential houses and a mosque were partially damaged by shelling and firing by Pakistani troops from across the Line of Control on Wednesday night. The damage was inflicted in the Dhani and Hajitra areas in Karnah, in the Kupwara district in northern Kashmir, officials here said Thursday.
Indian troops retaliated using mortars and other weapons with equal intensity.
An official source here said that Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire with unprovoked fire throughout the LoC at outposts and civilian areas, prompting strong and effective retaliation.
According to official sources, the shelling began around 6 p.m. Thursday and continued intermittently for about four hours, causing panic among residents who rushed to safer places.
A police officer confirmed that the five residential houses belong to Altaf Ahmad Tanoli, Nazir Ahmad Tanoli, Zahir Ahmad Tanoli, Nisaar Ahmad Tanooli and Imtiyaz Ahmad Tanooli, residents of Sadhpora.
However, the police officer said that no civilians were killed or injured.
Meanwhile, Apni Party Senior Leader and Kupwara District Chairman Raja Manzoor and Party Provincial Secretary Javid Ahmad Mirchal on Thursday expressed deep concern about the plight of Karnah-Kupwara border residents. “The bombing not only destroyed properties, but also generated fear among the inhabitants of these villages who feared for their lives in the absence of concrete bunkers,” said the leaders of the Apni Party.
“Despite the repeated guarantees (from successive governments in J&K and in the Center) that have been made on this issue, the government has not been able to build community shelters in the area. And wherever these bunkers have been built in some 70 locations, to date no payment has been made to interested contractors, ”they said.
They demanded that the government build individual war-foot shelters for the inhabitants of areas such as Karanah, Keran, Jumgand, Machhil, Nowpora, Uri, Gurez, Poonch and Rajouri.

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