India, Pakistan Trade Fire In Kashmir, U.S. Urges Calm After Indian Airstrike | 2/26/2019 | Staff
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General view of a site after the Indian military aircrafts released payload in Balakot, Pakistan February 26, 2019. Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR)/Handout via REUTERS.

SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and Pakistan exchanged fire along their contested border in Kashmir on Wednesday, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971, while leading powers urged the nuclear armed rivals to show restraint.

Tensions - Suicide - Car - Bombing - Militants

Tensions have been elevated since a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on Feb. 14, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.

The attack targeted the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant, the group that claimed credit for the suicide attack. But while India said a large number of JeM fighters had been killed, Pakistani officials said the Indian airstrike was a failure and inflicted no casualties.

Tuesday - Pakistan - Caliber - Weapons - Places

On Tuesday, evening Pakistan began shelling using heavy caliber weapons in 12 to 15 places along the de facto border in Kashmir, known as the Line of Control (LoC), a spokesman for the Indian defense forces said on Wednesday.

“The Indian Army retaliated for effect and our focused fire resulted in severe destruction to five posts and number of casualties,” the spokesman said.

Soldiers - Wounds - Shelling - Wednesday - Morning

Five Indian soldiers suffered minor wounds in the shelling that ended on Wednesday morning, he added.

“So far there are no (civilian) casualties but there is panic among people,” said Rahul Yadav, the deputy commissioner of the Poonch district where some of the shelling took place.

Evacuation - Plan - Place - Need

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