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Girl killed in Indian firing in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir

10-21-2010 13:19 BJT

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Officials in Pakistan- administered Kashmir said on Wednesday that a 6-year girl was killed in firing by Indian forces.

Pakistan and India had announced cease-fire along the Line of Control (LoC), which divides both countries in the disputed Kashmir region, in 2003.

Deputy Commissioner district Rawlakot Chaudhry Raqeeb told media that the Indian force "in violation of cease-fire agreement started unprovoked firing" at Dhramsal village Tuesday evening.

He said the Indian army continued firing for 15 minutes at the village, located just few hundreds meters from the LoC. "The Indian army used small weapons in the firing," he added.

Raqeeb said that a bullet hit a 6-year girl at head who was playing outside her home. The girl was taken to hospital but she died of wounds.

The Deputy Commissioner did not say anything whether or not the Pakistani troops returned fire.

After years of tension along the LoC, Pakistan and India declared cease-fire in November 2003 and both countries still hold the agreement. Several incidents of fire exchange have taken place since the cease-fire were declared. But the firing had been limited to army checkpoints, causing casualties on both sides.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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