New Delhi: Indian Army on Tuesday completely destroyed seven Pakistani posts across the Line of Control (LoC), while retaliating to cross border shelling by Pakistani troops who targeted border areas in Rajouri and Poonch districts. Officials claimed that there have been several casualties to Pakistani troops as well.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan also confirmed that three Pakistani soldiers lost their lives on Tuesday along the LoC in retaliatory firing by Indian forces.

Following the shelling, all schools along the borderline in Poonch and Rajouri districts have been closed , as a precautionary measure. Officials have advised people to stay indoors amid the ongoing shelling by Pakistan.

Earlier on Monday,  a BSF inspector and a five-year-old girl were among three persons killed while 24 others were injured as Pakistani troops heavily shelled forward areas along the Line of Control in Poonch district.

Speaking to PTI, officals said,”There was heavy mortar shelling and firing along LOC in Poonch district and Nowshera sector of Rajouri district till Tuesday morning.”

Besides, Pak troops also targeted Shahpur sub-sector in Poonch and Nowshera, earlier today. “In the retaliation carried out by Indian troops, seven Pakistan posts across the LoC in Rakhchikri and Rawalakote forward areas of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) were destroyed,” officials said.

They claimed,”Pakistan has been using heavy weaponry and 120 mm mortar bombs to target civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch, triggering panic among villagers.”