Three civilians killed in mortar shelling by Pakistan in Uri

Pakistani troops today violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir by firing rockets, resulting in the death of three civilians including two children.

"Pakistani troops fired two 80mm rockets in an unprovoked ceasefire violation at Lambardar village in Uri sector of Baramulla district," official sources said.

One of the shells landed in a civilian area, resulting in the death of three persons, the sources said.

The deceased have been identified as Mohammad Shafi (25), Liyaqat Ahmad (15) and Shaheena Akhtar (16), they said, adding that Liyaqat was hit when he was going to his school for appearing in 8th standard annual examination.

A local resident said over phone that Pakistani troops had over the past few days objected to construction of a forward post by the Army and sought a halt on the work.

However, as the construction work was going on even today, the Pakistani troops started firing towards the Indian side, the residents said.

Although small weapon firing in the area has been going on for past several days, it was for the first time since the ceasefire came into effect in November 2003 that mortars were fired from across the LoC, they said.

India and Pakistan agreed on a ceasefire along the LoC and international border in November 2003 as a confidence building measure.

Although it has held good by and large, there have been dozens of violations by Pakistani troops, especially in Poonch-Rajouri range along the LoC and Samba along the international border in Jammu region.

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