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Kashmir cross-border fire 'kills 3 Pakistani, 5 Indian soldiers' – Aljazeera.com

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Pakistan‘s army has said at least three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers have been killed after a cross-border exchange of fire in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the chief spokesman of the Pakistan armed forces, said in a Twitter post on Thursday that Indian forces had increased firing along the contested border, known as the Line of Control (LoC).

“Intermittent exchange of fire continues,” Ghafoor tweeted.

Later on Thursday, Indian news agency ANI wrote on Twitter that India‘s army had denied the Pakistani army’s statement that five Indian soldiers were killed in “ceasefire violations” along the heavily-militarised LoC dividing Pakistan- and Indian-administered Kashmir.

Local police in Pakistan-administered Kashmir told Al Jazeera two civilians were also killed on Thursday.

The developments come during a period of increasing tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi’s Hindu nationalist government last week revoked special status for Indian-administered Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state. 

The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought two of their three wars over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

“Tensions remain high on this border,” said Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid, reporting from Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

“We’ve have been visiting some of these villages, where people have been telling us it is very difficult for normal life to continue there because they live under constant fear.”

More to follow…

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

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