Many injured in second day of India-Pakistan firing

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At least 10 Indian civilians were wounded as troops from India and Pakistan exchanged fire in the disputed Kashmir region for the second day Tuesday, officials said.

wpid-An20injured20victim20of20the20Peshawar20bus20bomb20blast.jpgNine civilians were killed in a border clash between the nuclear-armed rivals Monday. The firing also prompted thousands to flee their homes.

“The Pakistani side opened fire again on Tuesday resulting in injuries to 10 people,” Ajeet Kumar Sahu, top official of the Jammu district said by phone. Indian forces retaliated and by Tuesday afternoon the firing had stopped.

Jammu’s Arnia sector was targeted by Pakistani forces leading to deaths of five villagers on Monday, Indian officials said.

“More than 10,000 villagers have moved from their houses to relief camps. We also asked people to shift to the camps as a precautionary measure to prevent further casualties,” Sahu said.

Another 200 villagers were moved to camps in Kathua, district official Shahid Iqbal said.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir is at the root of an extended conflict between India and Pakistan. Each country administers parts of Kashmir separately, but claims the region in its entirety. They have fought two wars over it.

The South Asian rivals agreed to a ceasefire on their border in Kashmir in 2003, but it has often been violated.

India recently cancelled foreign-secretary level talks after the Pakistani high commissioner in New Delhi met separatist leaders from India-administered Kashmir.

GNA

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