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8 People Killed Along Kashmir Border

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Smoke rises behind from a mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops as Indian villagers sit during the funeral of Indian civilian Sarpanch Karamat Hussain who was killed in Pakistani shelling at Balakot sector in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, India, Aug.16, 201

Smoke rises behind from a mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops as Indian villagers sit during the funeral of Indian civilian Sarpanch Karamat Hussain who was killed in Pakistani shelling at Balakot sector in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, India, Aug.16, 201

Indian and Pakistani troops intensified firing along their disputed frontier in Kashmir, killing at least eight people and wounding 14, officials said on Sunday.

Frontier clashes have intensified in recent months and the latest violence will put more strain on ties between the nuclear-armed rivals, who are scheduled to hold talks between top security officials on August 23-24 in New Delhi.

Nisar Ahmad Wani, an administrator near the Line of Control, a cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Indian-controlled Poonch district, said a woman was killed when a shell landed in her kitchen as she was preparing breakfast for her family.

"Five civilians, including a 12-year-old child, were killed in Pakistan firing and nine people were injured on Saturday."

Daughter of Indian civilian Sarpanch Karamat Hussain who was killed in Pakistani shelling mourns at Balakot sector in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, India, Aug.16, 2015.

Daughter of Indian civilian Sarpanch Karamat Hussain who was killed in Pakistani shelling mourns at Balakot sector in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, India, Aug.16, 2015.

Officials in Pakistan said two civilians were killed and five wounded in firing by Indian forces.

The latest mortar and gunfire exchanges intensified on Friday when Pakistan marked Independence Day, a day before India's celebrations to mark freedom from British rule in 1947.

The two countries have fought three wars since independence, two over Kashmir, and relations chilled again after the election of the right-winger Narendra Modi as Indian prime minister last year.

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