Troops in Kashmir exchange fire, 4 civilians killed

Sun Online Desk

17th October, 2019 11:51:53 printer

Troops in Kashmir exchange fire, 4 civilians killed


Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged gunfire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing four civilians and wounding nearly a dozen others on Wednesday.

The gunfire came as tensions remain high between the two South Asian countries, reports AP.

On Wednesday, Pakistan's foreign ministry said it summoned an Indian diplomat to lodge its protest over the previous day's "cease fire violations" that killed three civilians on the Pakistani side of the Kashmir border.

Also Wednesday, Indian police officer Parvaiz Ahmed said Indian security forces killed three militants in an exchange of gunfire in southern Kashmir in the town Bijbehara town.

Police also said gunmen fatally shot one brick kiln worker and one apple trader from the Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Punjab states on Wednesday in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The police officer blamed militants fighting against Indian rule for the killings.

India sparked a new round of tensions in August, when it downgraded the autonomy of its side of Kashmir and imposed tighter controls on the area.

Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both countries in its entirety. They have fought two wars over the province.