Cross LOC Firing, 1 Killed

MUZAFFARABAD – Firing across the Line of Control has killed a man and wounded three other civilians in two villages on the Pakistani side of Kashmir, local officials said Monday.

The shooting was reported along the LoC, the de facto border that separates Indian and Pakistani-administered zones of Kashmir.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have observed a ceasefire in Kashmir since November 2003, despite sporadic small-time clashes and accusations of violations from both sides.

“A civilian was killed and three others, two women and one man, were wounded in firing by Indian troops in Madarpur village on the LoC late Sunday,” local government official Sardar Khalil Ahmed told AFP.

A house in village of Battal also caught fire after shells exploded and investigators have been sent to assess further damage in the remote mountainous area, he added.

Local police station chief Sardar Farooq confirmed the incident and casualties.

India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir, which has been the cause of two of their three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.

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