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India says 'perplexed' by Kashmir border killings

Published on Jan 10, 2013 11:57 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said on Thursday he was "perplexed" by the killing of two Indian soldiers on the Pakistan border but stressed that a fragile peace process should not be derailed.

His comments came after Pakistan said one of its troops was killed by unprovoked Indian firing in the Line of Control, separating the disputed northern Himalayan state of Kashmir.

On Tuesday India said two of its soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops, including one who was beheaded. Pakistan has denied any responsibility.

New Delhi has in the past accused Islamabad of staging border attacks to deflect attention from domestic issues or to draw global attention to the Kashmir issue.

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