Wave of deadly at­tacks across Kashmir

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Ar­tillery fire and shelling from In­dia tar­geted sev­eral Pak­istani vil­lages and struck a pas­sen­ger bus near the di­vid­ing line in the dis­puted re­gion of Kashmir yes­ter­day, killing 12 civil­ians wound­ing more than a dozen oth­ers, the Pak­istani mil­i­tary said.

Hours later, Pak­istan’s mil­i­tary said three sol­diers, in­clud­ing an army cap­tain, were killed while re­spond­ing to the In­dian at­tack. It said seven In­dian sol­diers were also “killed in re­tal­ia­tory fire” but there was no con­fir­ma­tion on the ca­su­al­ties from In­dia.

The vi­o­lence marks the lat­est es­ca­la­tion in the Hi­malayan re­gion of Kashmir, which is di­vided be­tween the two nu­clear-armed neigh­bours and claimed by both.

Ac­cord­ing to Deputy Com­mis­sioner Wa­heed Khan, an ar­tillery shell hit a pas­sen­ger bus in the scenic Neelum Val­ley in the Pak­istani part of Kashmir, killing 10 peo­ple – three died on the scene and seven later, at a hos­pi­tal. Another two civil­ians died when a mor­tar shell hit their house in the Nakyal sec­tor in Kotli dis­trict, said po­lice of­fi­cial Waseem Khan. The shelling sent res­i­dents flee­ing in panic, he said.

At least 15 peo­ple were also wounded in the bus strike and else­where in yes­ter­day’s at­tacks. Pak­istani For­eign Af­fairs Ad­viser Sar­taj Aziz said the coun­try’s Cab­i­net ex­pressed grave con­cern over the lat­est es­ca­la­tion.

Sardar Ma­sood Khan, the pres­i­dent of the Pak­istanigov­erned part of Kashmir, de­nounced “In­dia’s ag­gres­sion” in a state­ment and ap­pealed to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take no­tice of In­dia’s cease­fire vi­o­la­tions in Kashmir. He also urged the United Na­tions Mil­i­tary Ob­server Group for In­dia and Pak­istan, or UNMOGIP, to “in­ves­ti­gate these in­ci­dents and as­sign re­spon­si­bil­ity for these vi­o­la­tions of cease­fire”.

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