Muzaffarabad (Staff Report/Agencies): At least nine people, including two minor girls, were injured in heavy shelling by Indian troops in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Nakyal sector on Sunday.

"Indian troops started heavy mortar shelling at about 7am in the morning, targeting civilian populations in almost all villages along the Line of Control (LoC)," an official said.

A shell exploded on the roof of the house of one Haji Aslam in Palani village, critically injuring three of his daughters, he said. The victims were identified as Musarrat, 22, Nargis, 25, and Samra, 15.

According to official sources, 11-year-old Aleeba Majeed and 35-year-old Muhammad Zahoor Mughal were injured in Jair Merg and Dharoti Naari villages respectively in the same sector. They added that Separately, a 50-year-old woman, Shamim Akhtar, was injured in Naar Dabsi village, Anwar informed.

The official said that at least three people were reported injured in Balakot. They were identified as 18-year-old Abdul Aziz, Abdul Ghani, 52, and his spouse Farzand Begum, 42.

The victims had been shifted to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Kotli for medical treatment.