Pak guns, launchers continue to boom along LoC
26 December 2001
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: Expanding its arch of mortar shelling, Pakistan continued to shell Indian positions for the fifth straight day on Wednesday killing four persons including three army jawans, increasing the death toll to 13 including nine soldiers during this period, official sources said here. Employing heavy weaponry and rocket launchers, Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in the Jammu-Poonch sector and targeted villages in Kathua district falling in Hiranagar sub-sector since this morning, the sources said here. Indian troops also fired in retaliation from all the attacked positions and heavy exchange of firing was continuing when reports last came in from the area. Reports about any casualties or damage on the Pakistani side were not immediately available. So far, 13 people including nine jawans were killed and 19 others injured, 12 of them jawans, in Pakistani mortar shelling. Three persons were also injured in Wednesday''s firing. The Pakistani troops resorted to heavy weaponry firing, rocket attacks and mortar bombs, the sources said. Several villages were targeted by Pakistani troops with mortar bombs and rockets intermittently, they said. Each of these villages reported three to four shells exploding in populous areas. Shelling was more intense in Londi and Chak Dulma villages amidst reports of 867 families migrating for safety from this belt. Incidents of people in villages along the Indian side of the IB fleeing were being reported with about 5,300 people have migrated since the rising tensions between India and Pakistan in the past few days.