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The Pakistani army and terrorists from the Islamabad-allied Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) have intensified attacks on the portion of Kashmir controlled by New Delhi, killing ten Indian soldiers and injuring ten civilians, including women and children, in two separate incidents over a week period.
Muslim-majority Kashmir is a Himalayan region claimed by the nuclear-armed countries of Pakistan, China, and their rival India. China largely stays in the shadows of the dispute, mainly backing the position of its ally Pakistan.
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The recent incidents mark the latest in a string of clashes in the disputed region that is fueling tension between India and Pakistan despite a 2003 ceasefire agreed to by the two rivals.
Last Saturday, an attack carried out by JeM terrorists “claimed the lives of five soldiers, one civilian and three militants. Women and children were among ten people wounded as the militants breached the residential quarters inside the [Indian military] camp,” reports Voice of America (VOA).
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“It was the worst militant attack in months in Kashmir and threatened to fuel tensions between India and Pakistan, whose ties are already at a low point,” adds VOA.
Islamabad denies backing JeM terrorists. However, Pakistan and its ally China have been blocking United Nations efforts to designate the group’s leader and founder, Masood Azhar, as a terrorist.
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During the latest deadly incident, which took place on Thursday, the Pakistani military claimed it “destroyed” an Indian army post along the Line of Control (LoC border) that separates the regions respectively controlled by the two countries in Kashmir, killing five Indian soldiers.
The Pakistani army alleged that the attack came in retaliation to Indian snipers shooting “a school van carrying children in Pakistan’s part of Kashmir, killing the driver and traumatizing students” only days after the JeM-affiliated assault on the Indian post, reports the Associated Press (AP).
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India denies any involvement in the school...
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