At least 19 killed in latest border firing

India and Pakistan on Tuesday tallied at least 19 deaths in recent firing across LoC, where neighbours are engaging in increasingly intense artillery duels.

Pakistan officials said at least four people were killed and five injured in its part of Kashmir on Monday, as the arch-rivals exchanged heavy fire concentrated in Pakistan’s Nakyal sector along the Line of Control.

“It appears as if a full blown war is going on between India and Pakistan,” said Mohammad Saeed, a resident of the village of Mohra in the region.

“Please have mercy and stop it,” he said, speaking to Reuters by telephone amid the sound of gunshots. Six people were killed and 10 injured in Nakyal and the adjacent Tatta Pani sector last Friday and Saturday, Pakistan has said.

On the “Indian side” of the Line of Control, seven people – including three women and two children – were killed on Tuesday, in Pakistani shelling along the Ramgarh sector in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a senior police officer told Reuters.

On Monday, an Indian soldier and a civilian were killed along the line of control in held Kashmir in the Rajouri sector on the Line of Control, an Indian army spokesman said. -Reuters