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Villagers showing the remains of mortar shells fired by Pakistan at Niaka Panjgrian area of Manjakote sector in Rajouri district on Monday. (PTI Photo)

50 students trapped in school as Nowshera comes under heavy shelling from Pak

WT24 Desk

Around 50 students of a government high school were trapped due to heavy mortar shelling by the Pakistan army in the Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, an official said, PTI reports.

Authorities, however, managed to rescue 12 children from a primary school. The Pakistan army violated ceasefire in four sectors of Rajouri and Poonch districts on Tuesday morning.

“Forty-five to fifty students of the government high school in Sehar in Nowshera sector are trapped due to heavy shelling,” deputy commissioner (Rajouri) Shahid Iqbal Choudhary told PTI.

He said the school is located at a height which had made the task of evacuation difficult. However, police and other authorities evacuated 12 students from a primary school at Kadali in Nowshera.

The children were ferried from the school in bullet proof vehicles during the intermittent shelling by Pakistan, Choudhary said.

“We have sent three bullet proof vehicles to evacuate the students from a high school at Sehar. Once the intensity of shelling lessens, we will rescue them too”, Choudhary said.

On Monday, a nine-year-old girl and Army jawan were killed and three others were injured in Pakistani firing in the Rajouri-Poonch belt.

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