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Pakistan Says Indian Troops Kill Pakistani Soldier in Kashmir

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Pakistan's army said Indian troops have shot and killed a Pakistani soldier, the third deadly cross-border incident in the disputed Kashmir region in recent days.

The army said the soldier was killed Thursday as a result of "unprovoked" firing by Indian troops on a Pakistani military outpost.

The shooting came amid a rise in tensions along the disputed Kashmiri border known as the "Line of Control."

On Tuesday, India accused Pakistani troops of killing two Indian soldiers in a cross-border attack. Indian officials said the bodies of the two soldiers were subject to "barbaric and inhuman mutilation," and that one of them was beheaded. On Sunday, Pakistan claimed Indian troops crossed the border and raided a Pakistani military outpost, killing a Pakistani soldier.

The clashes between the nuclear-armed neighbors are the worst outbreak of violence in Kashmir since a cease-fire took effect in 2003. But Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Thursday, shortly before the latest alleged shooting incident, that she does not believe the violence will derail the ongoing bilateral peace process.

The two countries have blamed each other for the alleged cross-border attacks while denying involvement in them.

India and Pakistan have accused each other of violating the 2003 cease-fire in Kashmir, a region they both claim.

The nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors have fought two wars over Kashmir since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

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