[DAWN] Indian troops resorted to what officials described as "carpet bombing" of several civilian populated areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK) from across the restive Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday, killing two civilians and leaving at least 19 others maimed, including six women and a police constable.|
Akhtar Ayub, a disaster management officer based in district headquarters Athmuqam, said that Nauman, 25, son of Matiullah and Bisma Bibi, 17, daughter of Ghulam Murtaza, were killed in Sharda and Katha Chogalli villages, in the upper and lower belts of Neelum valley, respectively.
The shelling first began in Leepa valley, located some 100 kilometres southeast of in Jhelum valley district, at about 12 noon, with Indian troops targeting Batlian and Bijildhaar villages.
Later they expanded the range to the entire valley, targeting the civilian population with mortar guns and rocket launchers, said Waleed Anwar, assistant commissioner of the area.
"In fact it was carpet bombing of the civilian populated areas, he said, adding, Pak troops had responded "befittingly."
Earlier in the day, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that a man was killed and nine others, including women and kiddies, were maimed due to "unprovoked firing of mortars and artillery guns" by Indian forces along the Line of Control.