The fire exchange started at 7.45am (local time) this morning in Jammu and Kashmir, with the Indian Army warning they would retaliate to the “unprovoked ceasefire”. One person has died and ten people have been left injured. An Indian Army spokesman said: “Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing with small arms along LoC in the Shahpur and Kerni areas of Poonch district.
“The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly.”
A girl has died after she sustained injuries in the exchange, while five personnel and five civilians have been injured, according to The Chenab Times.
The five civilians sustained injuries in Mandhar, Shahapur, Kirni and Bandi villages of Poonch sector.
While the five members of the armed forces received injuries in Krishna Ghati sector of Mendhar in Poonch district.
Deputy commissioner Poonch, Rahul Yadav, said: “Five civilians besides the deceased are injured.”
Local TV news channel Tv9 Gujarati tweeted: “Pakistani rangers opened firing in Shahpur & Kerni of Poonch district at about 7:45 AM today, by resorting to shelling with mortars & firing of small arms. Indian Army is retaliating.”
A man was injured after a mortar shell fell on his house.
A police official told Sputnik: “He was shifted to district hospital Poonch for treatment.”
Officials have ordered schools and offices to close over safety fears.
The deputy commissioner of Poonch said: “Keeping in view the cross-border shelling, schools falling within the shelling range in Shahpur, Mandaar, Kirni, and part of Qasba including HSS Islamabad shall remain closed today, 1 April 2019.”
The violence comes after Pakistan broke its ceasefire with India along the Line of Control border for the third time in 36 hours, according to Indian officials.
A total of eight people, including three soldiers, have been killed in the district of Poonch since India carried out an air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot area on February 26.