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Indian army says Pakistan firing kills 1 soldier in Kashmir

Posted at 7:41 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 10:41:14-04

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army says a soldier was killed in firing by Pakistani troops across a cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between the two hostile neighbors.

An army statement says it responded strongly on Tuesday, causing casualties and damage on the Pakistani side. It says the Indian fatality occurred in Sunderbani sector.

Police say a second cross-firing incident between Indian and Pakistani soldiers in northern Kashmir triggered panic among the villagers.

There was no immediate comment by the Pakistani army. The Pakistani foreign ministry said it summoned a top Indian diplomat and lodged a protest over cease-fire violations by Indian forces that killed a woman and wounded some civilians on its side.

Both sides frequently exchange gunfire in the region and accuse each other of violating a 2003-cease-fire accord.