Kashmir clashes: Indian shelling 'kills nine on bus'

Kashmir clashes: Indian shelling 'kills nine on bus'

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Kashmir clashes: Indian shelling 'kills nine on bus' 10 6 99
Officials in Pakistan say at least nine people were killed when cross-border shelling from India hit a passenger bus in the disputed Kashmir region.

Eleven others were wounded when the bus was hit. Officials said two people died in Indian shelling elsewhere in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Hours earlier India vowed to avenge the killing of three soldiers, one of whose bodies it said had been mutilated.
Tensions have risen since militants killed 19 Indian troops in September.

Both countries accuse each other of violating a 2003 truce accord.

The passenger bus came under fire from India's side of the de facto border as it was travelling from Kel to Muzaffarabad in the Neelum valley region.

Pakistani officials accused India of deliberately targeting civilians. There was no immediate response from India.
On Tuesday the Indian army said one of its patrols had been ambushed in Kupwara sector.

"Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act," Indian army spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia had said.

Pakistan says more than 30 civilians and 11 soldiers have been killed on its side in fighting since August. India says 12 civilians and 11 of its soldiers have died over a similar period.

Dozens more have been injured and thousands of people have left the area or are trapped in their homes.

Source:-BBC

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