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Two Killed in Cross-Border Firing

by AFP

Tauseef Mustafa—AFP

A teenage boy was killed in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, while a woman was killed in the Indian-administered side

Two people were killed in cross-border firing in Kashmir on Thursday, one on each side of the disputed region’s de facto border, officials in India and Pakistan said in the latest skirmishes between the neighbors.

A teenage boy was killed and his grandmother wounded in Chorhai village in Pakistan-administered Kashmir after “indiscriminate” firing from Indian troops, local official Raja Arshad told AFP. Another man was wounded in Khoi Ratta sector along the Line of Control, the internationally agreed frontier between the two regions, he added.

While on the Indian side a woman was killed and her husband wounded in Naushera sector, police director general S. P. Vaid said.

Indian army spokesman Manish Mehta also termed the early morning firing by the Pakistani side “indiscriminate,” but said forces were “retaliating strongly and effectively.” It was unclear if the firing was still going on.

Pakistan condemned the “Indian acts of deliberate targeting of civilians,” foreign ministry spokesman Nafis Zakaria said in a statement.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region. Tensions reached dangerous levels again last September, with both sides blaming one another for cross-border raids. There have since been repeated outbreaks of firing across the LoC, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.

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