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India-Pakistan Clashes in Kashmir Wound at Least 8


An Indian villager walks near damaged shops hit by mortar attack allegedly fired from the Pakistan’s side in Arnia Sector near the India-Pakistan international border, about 47 kilometers (30 miles) from Jammu, India, Oct. 7. 2014.

Indian officials said at least eight civilians were wounded Tuesday in cross-border firing in the disputed Kashmir region.

The exchange of fire between India and Pakistan began Sunday.

Kashmir and Jammu
Kashmir and Jammu

On Monday, the violence claimed the heaviest casualties in more than a decade when nine civilians, both Indian and Pakistani, were killed and dozens wounded.

It has been called one of the worst cease-fire violations since 2003, when the two countries agreed to a truce along their volatile border.

D.G. Pathak, director general of Border Security Forces, told reporters Tuesday that 40 Indian army posts were targeted by Pakistani soldiers. He said Indian soldiers have retaliated.

Pathak said villagers are requesting safety.

Indian officials accused Pakistani soldiers of firing mortars and machine guns into Indian territory.

Villagers flee area

The latest violence has prompted hundreds of villagers living along the border in Indian Kashmir to flee.

Indian Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijju said Indian soldiers are responding to the firing.

“I can't comment on what they [Pakistan] are doing, but response is there, appropriate on the ground. It is not going to be like earlier, response will be appropriate,” Rijju said.

Tensions between the two countries have intensified since India called off talks with Pakistan last month after the Pakistani High Commissioner held a round of talk with Kashmiri separatists.

India said Pakistan has to choose between talking to New Delhi or the separatists.

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