Six killed as In­dian, Pak­istan sol­diers trade fire in Kash­mir

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SRINAGAR, In­dia — Four Pak­istani sol­diers, one In­dian soldier and a child were killed Mon­day as In­dian and Pak­istani troops traded fire across a cease-fire line dividing the trou­bled Kash­mir re­gion be­tween the two coun­tries, of­fi­cials said. In­dian army spokesman

Lt. Col. Man­ish Mehta said Pak­istani troops fired mor­tar shells and au­to­matic weapons into the Ra­jouri sec­tor of In­dian-con­trolled Kash­mir on Mon­day morn­ing. A mor­tar shell landed on a bunker, wound­ing a soldier who later died at a hos­pi­tal, he said. Mehta called the Pak­istani fir­ing an un­pro­voked vi­o­la­tion of a 2003 cease-fire be­tween the neigh­bours and said In­dian troops re­turned fire.

In Is­lam­abad, the director gen­eral of mil­i­tary oper­a­tions, Maj. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza, ac­cused In­dian sol­diers of at­tack­ing a Pak­istani army ve­hi­cle, killing four sol­diers.

Three civil­ians, two on the In­dian side and one on the Pak­istani-con­trolled part of the Hi­malayan re­gion, were also re­ported in­jured.

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