Indian soldier killed in Kashmir border firing

More than a dozen groups have fought Indian forces since 1989, seeking independence for the Muslim-majority state or its merger with Pakistan.

Indian soldier killed in Kashmir border firing

An Indian paramilitary soldier was fatally shot in India-held Kashmir on Monday by fire from Pakistan's side of the disputed region, the Indian army said.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Biplab Nath called the shooting "from a Pakistani military post" a violation of a cease-fire in the troubled region.

Indian and Pakistani troops have observed a truce in Kashmir since November 2003. However, there have been isolated shooting incidents in the past.

Monday's shooting occurred in Poonch sector, 110 miles (180 kilometers) southwest of Srinagar, the main city in the Indian portion of Kashmir, Nath said.

There was no immediate Pakistani comment.

More than a dozen groups have fought Indian forces since 1989, seeking independence for the Muslim-majority state or its merger with Pakistan.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. Kashmiris say fight against India since it rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.


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