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Two suspected rebels, Indian soldier killed in Kashmir

AFP , Tuesday 18 Jul 2017
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Two suspected rebels and an Indian soldier were killed Tuesday in disputed Kashmir along the de facto border with Pakistan, where the two sides traded fire for a second day.

Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said Indian soldiers exchanged fire with unknown combatants as they tried to cross the Line of Control (LoC) into Indian-administered Kashmir.

"Two bodies and three weapons were recovered from the site of the firing," Kalia told AFP.

In a separate incident an Indian soldier shot and killed his senior officer at a frontier post in Uri following a dispute between the two, Kalia said.

An investigation by the army and police is under way.

Pakistani officials meanwhile said that at least two civilians were killed and 11 others wounded in cross-border firing by Indian soldiers.

"A man and woman were martyred and seven others were wounded in firing by Indian troops in Sumahni sector," local government official Chaudhry Guftar told AFP.

Pakistan government official Raja Arshad said four people were also wounded when another volley of shots were fired across the border into Nakyal sector.

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

India and Pakistan regularly exchange fire at the border despite a ceasefire agreement signed in 2003, and accuse each other of killing soldiers and civilians.

An Indian soldier and an eight-year-old girl died Monday in an exchange of fire at the border, just a day after Pakistan accused its regional rival of killing four of its troops.

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