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Pakistani and Indian troops exchange fire in Kashmir

Published on Jan 6, 2013 5:14 PM
In this photograph taken on Dec 4, 2003, Indian soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence, near Baras Post on the Line of Control (LoC) between Pakistan and India some 174 km north west of Srinagar. A Pakistani soldier was killed and another wounded on Jan 6, 2013, when Indian troops stormed a military post on the two countries' de facto border in Kashmir, the military said. It said an exchange of fire was continuing after the Indian incursion across the Line of Control marking the frontier in the Haji Pir sector, 80 km north of Islamabad. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fire on Sunday along their hotly disputed border in divided Kashmir, with each side accusing the other of starting the clash.

Pakistan said one of its soldiers was killed and another wounded when Indian troops crossed the de facto border and stormed a military post, an accusation denied by the other side.

A Pakistani military statement said the Indian troops came across the frontier known as the Line of Control in the Haji Pir sector, 80 km north of Islamabad, and "physically raided" a checkpost named Sawan Patra.

"Pakistan Army troops effectively responded to the attack successfully. One Pakistani soldier embraced martyrdom while another was critically injured," it said in a statement.

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