Pakistan says 11-year-old girl killed in Indian firing in Kashmir Kashmir

An 11-year-old Pakistani girl was killed and four other villagers were seriously injured when Indian troops opened fire on them in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Pakistani military said.

The army said that on Friday night, “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops using long-range guns and artillery targeted the border villages of Hotspreen and Rakhchikari along the so-called “Line of Control” in Kashmir. , Which is divided between India and Pakistan. And completely claimed by both.

In the disputed Himalayan region, Pakistan and India often exchange fire on militants on the border and accuse each other of starting firing.

A 75-year-old woman was among four civilians injured Friday, the Pakistani military said. He said his forces opened fire on Indian army posts without explanation.

Indian Army spokesman Lt. Col. Devinder Anand said Pakistani troops targeted several Indian military bases along the disputed border on Saturday and Sunday. He said Pakistani troops opened fire and shelled on both days, to which Indian troops responded “appropriately” and there were no casualties from India.

Pakistan’s foreign office said it had summoned India’s ambassador to protest the incident.

In June, Pakistani officials blamed Indian troops for killing four villagers in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. A few days later, he said, a 13-year-old girl was killed and her mother and brother were injured in the Indian shelling.

Tensions between Pakistan and India have risen since August 2019, when the Hindu nationalist-led government led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi annulled the decades-old semi-autonomous status of Muslim-majority Kashmir and mourned Indian-controlled Kashmir. And gave birth to anger. Pakistan.

Since gaining independence from British rule in 1947, the two nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.

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