Thursday, July 31, 2008

India reports shooting on Kashmir frontier

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Pakistani soldiers violated the cease-fire in Kashmir on Wednesday, shooting across the heavily fortified frontier in the Himalayan region for the second time in three days, the Indian army said.

The Pakistanis opened fire just before noon but Indian forces did not shoot back, said Lt. Col. Anil Kumar Mathur, the Indian army spokesman in Kashmir. No causalities were reported, he said.

Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded gunfire for more than 12 hours between Monday night and Tuesday morning, the worst violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement between the nuclear-armed neighbors. One Indian soldier and four Pakistanis were killed in that incident.

The Pakistani army offered no immediate comment on Wednesday's shooting.

But the Pakistan army's top spokesman, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, blamed Monday's incident on Indian soldiers trying to build a post on Pakistan's side.

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