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One killed in Indian shelling

February 10, 2003

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MUZAFFARABAD, Feb 9: A man was killed and at least eleven others wounded in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday in unprovoked Indian shelling from across the Line of Control, officials said. Of the injured, four were women.

The casualties occurred in different villages of Nakyal sector in the southern Kotli district, where the civilian populations were targeted by the Indian troops, using machine-guns, mortars, and medium artillery, officials said.

The indiscriminate shelling, an official told Dawn from Kotli, left 12 people injured in the villages of Jamalot, Barsala Colony, Mohra, Dharoti, Nar Malkan and Botala Colony.

The injured, identified as Akhtar Jan, Abdullah, Mohammad Farooq, Sagheer, Mohammad Kafeel, Rafique, Mohammad Ilyas, Israr Shaikh, Gulzeb, Gulshan Bibi, Safina Bibi, Shamim Akhtar, were removed to the district headquarters hospital, Kotli, where Abdullah succumbed to his wounds in the evening.