A five-year-old Pakistani girl ‘shot in the head by Indian troops’ in Kashmir

A five-year-old Pakistani girl was ‘shot in the head by Indian troops’ on Saturday during incident in disputed Kashmir.

The minor girl was killed after she was hit in the head by a bullet fired by Indian troops across the border in disputed Kashmir, officials said.

The incident took place in Polas village at Abbaspur sector on the Line of Control, the de facto border dividing Kashmir between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.

“A five-year-old girl was walking outside her house when a lone bullet fired by Indian troops pierced through her head,” local government official Tahir Mumtaz told AFP.

The girl was rushed to hospital but died on the way, he said, adding that villagers held a protest rally and condemned the firing on the day they were celebrating Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice.

Another government official Sardar Sajid confirmed the casualty.

In a related incident of violence in occupied Kashmir, Indian troops killed one youth on Eid-ul-Azha day in Kulgam district on Saturday.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth, identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Paddar, was killed by Indian forces of Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group during a crackdown operation in the area.

Meanwhile, the authorities early Saturday morning detained top resistance leadership including 88-year-old APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik, among others, in houses and jails to prevent them from offering Eid prayers on the festival of Eid-ul-Azha.

Kashmir has been divided between Indian and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the territory in full.

The neighbors regularly exchange mortar fire across the border despite signing a ceasefire in 2003.

Tensions reached dangerous levels last September, with both sides blaming one another for cross-border raids.

There have since been repeated outbreaks of firing across the frontier, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.

In November, at least nine people were killed when Indian cross-border fire hit a passenger bus in the Neelum Valley, the same region where four Pakistani troops were allegedly killed.

Militant groups have for decades fought the more than 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the restive territory, demanding independence or a merger of the former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.

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