Forest fire triggers mine blasts in Poonch
STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu: Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in two sectors of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Tuesday, officials said. The firing and shelling by the Pakistani troops triggered a fear psychosis among the LoC residents in the wake of recent casualties and damage to a few houses, they added. The Pakistani troops resorted to small arms firing and shelling along the LoC in the Shahpur and Kirni sectors for a brief period on Tuesday, the officials said, adding that there were no reports of any casualties.
The Indian troops retaliated the Pakistani firing, they said.
The residents of Shapur, Balakote, Gulpur and Krini, which have been targeted by Pakistani troops with heavy shelling, fear for their lives as they demand bunkers and putting and end to the shelling.
Meanwhile, the Army detected and defused three mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops in Poonch district, officials said on Tuesday.
The shells had landed in hamlets along the LoC in Balakote and Mendhar on Thursday last but did not explode.
The bomb disposal squads of the Army detected them and defused them safely, they said.
Meanwhile, a forest fire triggered several mine blasts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, officials said.
The fire broke out in Balakote sector and spread to various areas, they said.
As a result of the fire, several mines exploded, triggering panic among the residents, the officials said. The fire was brought under control by Army and forest personnel within a few hours, they said.
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