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Woman dies, four hurt in Indian troops’ shelling

January 04, 2002

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MUZAFFARABAD, Jan 3: A woman was killed and four others were wounded when Indian troops shelled southern Kotli district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday and Thursday, police said.

The shelling, they said, began at 7pm on Wednesday and targeted Khuiratta, Nakyal and Tatta Pani sectors of Kotli.

One shell hit a house owned by Abdur Rehman, in Khanqah Kotehra village, critically wounding four women identified as Khursheeda Begum, Shabina, Guddo Begum and Farzana.

They were taken to the district headquarters hospital, Kotli, where Guddo Begum died, the police said.

In Inderla Kotehra village, Shah Mohammad was injured after being hit by splinters of a shell fired by Indian troops.

He was admitted to Rural Health Centre, Khuiratta, police said.

PROPERTY DAMAGE: At least 30 houses were badly damaged and eight cattlehead were killed after Indian security troops shelled Pakistani border villages in Zafarwal and Shakargarh sectors of Sialkot Working Boundary on Thursday evening.

According to the official sources, the Indian security forces fired more than 27 heavy mortar shells on villages in Shakargarh sector on Thursday evening. Most of the mortar shells fell on the fields with thunder.

Official sources said that three Indian soldiers were killed near Thathi-Kalan Indian post in Sucheetgarh sector and two Indian armymen were killed by the Chenab Rangers in Saamba-Zafarwal sector of Sailkot Working Boundary on Thursday evening.

A big vehicle of the Indian army was also destroyed by the Chenab Rangers in Zafarwal sector of Sialkot Working Boundary.

The heavy Indian mortar shelling on Pakistani border villages in Chhumb Joriyaan, Sucheetgarh, Zafarwal and Shakargarh sectors of Sialkot Working Boundary was continuing till the filing of this report.