Mirpur, Azad Kashmir (December 07, 2017): Indian troops targeted a funeral in a border village of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday, leaving two mourners dead and an elderly woman injured, officials and witnesses said.
The incident occurred in Polas Kakuta village in the Abbaspur sector of Poonch district at about 4pm, when a group of people was busy carrying out the burial rites of a fellow villager.
The deceased, identified as Muhammad Iqbal Kiani and his cousin Shaukat Kiani, belonged to the nearby village of Chaffar. They were in their late forties.
Residents said that Shaukat Kiani was a Subedar (junior commissioned officer) in the army and had come home on leave.
His body was brought to the Abbaspur Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital for fulfilment of procedural requirements.
A 65-year-old widow Hasira Begum was also injured by shelling when she was performing some household chores outside her house in Chaffar village. She was also brought to THQ Hospital, but her condition was stated to be out of danger.
The heavily militarised LoC that splits disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan has frequently witnessed cross-border shelling in a serious breach of a truce agreement struck by two armies in Nov 2003.
The latest civilian casualties had pushed the death toll since January to 46, whereas the number of injured persons had increased to 257.