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A grandmother, a new bunker lead to India-Pakistan clashes

Published on Jan 11, 2013 7:34 PM
Activists of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans and burn a flag of Pakistan during a protest in Jammu, India, on Friday.  India has formally complained about an attack on an Indian army patrol in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir that killed two soldiers and left their bodies mutilated. India says Pakistani troops crossed the cease-fire line on Tuesday and attacked Indian soldiers patrolling in the Mendhar region before retreating.  -- PHOTO:AP

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - A grandmother who slipped across one of the world's most guarded frontiers and a new border post being built in response could have been the catalysts for the worst flare-up between the armies of India and Pakistan since 2003, a newspaper report and a resident said.

At least four soldiers, two from each side, have been killed in clashes since last Sunday in disputed Kashmir, where the nuclear-armed enemies are separated by a Line of Control (LoC) set up in 1948.

Taken together, it is the worst violation of a nine-year ceasefire along the 740-km zig-zag line across the mountainous Himalayan region, although exchanges of gun and mortar fire are commonplace. Both armies are said to maintain snipers and special assault teams close to the line.

"It still is an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation. On some days, people can't step out of the post. If you come out for water, there is firing," said Mr Gurmeet Kanwal, a retired Indian army brigadier who has commanded troops on the line.

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