February 2002 News

Shelling again in Poonch

25 February 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH: Pakistan army today resumed heavy artillery shelling and medium arms firing in Poonch sector causing injuries to a civilian and damage to the abandoned houses. Initially, according to reports, Pakistan started medium arms firing in Khari, Karmara, Salhutri, Jhalas and Dara Dullian at 1230 hours today and continued it upto 1530 hours. Later, they converted the medium arms firing to heavy artillery shelling. A couple of artillery shells fell in Jhalas Chowk. Some migrants of Jhalas, who used to visit their houses during the day, rushed back to the safer areas as the firing started. One of the civilian was, however, injured in the firing. He has been identified as Zulfikar Ahmed son of Mohd Sadiq, a resident of Jhalas. He was evacuated from the firing site by local people and security forces and admitted to hospital. Artillery shelling stopped at about 1730 hours. Firing or shelling were not immediately replied by the Indian side but, official sources said, the retaliation was expected any time for which the troops were preparing. Sources said there was not much damage in terms of bunkers or army posts in Pakistanís latest spell of firing and artillery shelling. However, few houses were damaged in the shelling. Our Udhampur correspondent adds: The terrorists last night attacked three pickets of Special Police Officer (SPOs) at Batara, Cheera and Khushali in Thathri area of Doda district last night. The SPOs fired back. After an hour long exchange of firing, the terrorists fled away leaving behind an AK rifle and seven live rounds. In the morning, police and security personnel carried out a search operation in the villages but the terrorists remained untraced. Searches were going on, the sources said.


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