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India Arrests Army Employee in Pakistan Spy Case


India has arrested a soldier for allegedly handing secret military documents to a Pakistani official, sparking a new diplomatic controversy between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Police in New Delhi say Anil Kumar Dubey was detained Friday as he passed the secret documents to Mohammad Farooq of the Pakistani High Commission. They say Indian security forces briefly detained Farooq before handing him over to Pakistani officials.

The allegation by Indian police prompted a strong protest from Islamabad. In a statement released Saturday, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said the illegal detention of Farooq was a violation of international and diplomatic conventions.

Meanwhile, Indian troops say they have killed at least five suspected Islamic militants in separate gunbattles in Indian Kashmir. Officials say the suspected insurgents were killed in military operations in Rampur and Kanjalwan, both villages located north of Srinagar.

In another development, an Indian soldier has shot dead three of his colleagues and wounded three others. Military officials say the soldier opened fire in Indian Kashmir following an argument late Friday at an army camp in the Rajouri district of Jammu-Kashmir. They say the soldier was critically wounded when he later tried to shoot himself.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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