Five civilians were killed on Sunday in heavy shelling by Pakistani forces near the Line of Control in Balakote sector of Poonch district Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.

The civilian casualties occurred in forward village of Devta Dhar when a shell hit the house of Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, a police official said.

The shells, reportedly, hit their house in the Balakote sector.

The couple’s two daughters are reported to be injured.

“The Pakistan Army resorted to indiscriminate shelling in Mendhar sector of the LoC. A shell fell on a house killing five members of the same family,” the police said.

The Indian troops were retaliating appropriately and effectively in the ongoing gunfire.

Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Bimber Gali started around 0745 hours. “They are specifically targeting civilian areas,” he said.

Director General of Police S P Vaid in a tweet said, “Due to shelling from across (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch, 5 civilians of a family died & 2 are injured who are being shifted to hospital.”

The dead include the house owner, a woman, a boy and a minor girl, he said.

(With agencies inputs)