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India Accuses Pakistan Of Cease-Fire Violations In Kashmir


India says its soldiers have exchanged fire with Pakistani troops across the disputed border in Kashmir.

The Indian military said Pakistani troops fired on September 20 at its position near the town of Uri in Indian-administered Kashmir, violating a 2003 cease-fire between the nuclear-armed rivals.

"Our forces retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for about an hour," army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

Separately, Kalia was quoted as saying troops in the same area blocked an attempt by up to 12 “terrorists” to cross the de factor border from Pakistan. A number of infiltrators were reported killed.

The incidents come two days after 18 Indian soldiers and four attackers were killed in an assault against an army base in Uri.

New Delhi blamed the attack on the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947. Both claim the disputed Himalayan territory in its entirety and have fought two wars over it.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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