MUZAFFARABAD/SIALKOT - At least four more AJK villagers were martyred including a woman and six seriously wounded yesterday morning as Indian army continued to hit border villages in Nakyal sector, officials said.

The Indian army started bombing AJK border villages along different sectors of the Line of Control, using artillery and mortar guns without any provocation. It expanded shelling to several villages, which continued till late night, resulting in the killing four people and critical injuries to six others.

Kotli Deputy Commissioner Adnan Khurshid said the Indian army resorted to heavy artillery shelling at the border villages. He said the villagers had started fleeing their homes to take shelter at safer places, adding a camp would be set up for displaced persons if firing continued.

“The shelling is so intense that you cannot even imagine. There has been no let up in the shelling since morning,” said Javed Budhanvi, a former AJK minister.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the Indian army yesterday resorted to unprovoked firing in Kel, Jandrot and Nakyal sectors. The ISPR statement added that Pakistani troops “befittingly responded and targetted Indian posts”.

Jandrot is located in Kotli district while Kel lies in the upper belt of Neelum valley, northeast of Muzaffarabad.

Meanwhile, the Indian Border Security Force continued unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Sialkot Working Boundary on the 11th day, but using light and heavy machine guns instead of resorting to mortar shelling.

According to the senior officials of the Punjab Rangers, the Indian BSF resorted to unprovoked firing with light and heavy machines guns at the Sialkot border villages, instead of using heavy mortar guns.

The unprovoked firing intensified the already existing tension in the Sialkot border villages of Bajwat, Chaprar, Harpal, Bajra Garhi, Sucheetgrah , Charwah and Shakargarh sectors due to the 11-day-long spell of the ceasefire violations.

The people living in Indian shelling-hit Sialkot border villages have already shifted to safer places in Sialkot city and its surroundings.

Hundreds of cattle, including buffaloes, cows, bulls, goats and donkeys, have been killed during the last 11 days in the BSF firing in border villages along the Sialkot Working Boundary.

The special teams of the livestock and veterinary health departments are busy providing medical aid to the cattle injured by the shelling.

Narowal District Livestock Officer Dr Saima Iram Syed said 25 small and big cattle heads were killed and more than 70 others injured seriously by the Indian mortar shelling.

Almost all the houses, school buildings, cattle sheds and other buildings in the border villages were also badly damaged in the BSF firing.

Meanwhile, all the government and private schools remained closed for the 11th consecutive day in the said border villages.