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Indian, Pakistani troops allegedly exchange fire across LoC in Uri sector

SRINAGAR: Indian and Pakistani troops allegedly exchanged fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir’s Uri sector on Tuesday, two days after a deadly raid on an army base in the sector, Indian army officials claimed.

However, Pakistani military sources denied any exchange of fire taking place across the LoC.

India blamed Sunday’s attack in which 18 soldiers died on Pakistan-based militants.

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The attack which was the worst of its kind to hit the region in more than a decade increased hostility between the two neighbours as they gear up for a showdown at the United Nations General Assembly over held Kashmir.

Indian army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia, alleged that there had been a “ceasefire violation” near Uri, where Sunday’s attack took place, but gave no further details. Uri is near the LoC which divides the disputed territory.

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“Small arms exchange of fire is on in the area,” a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Occasional violations of a 2003 ceasefire between Pakistan and India are not uncommon. Tuesday’s alleged exchange was the first since Sunday’s attack.

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