MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say the country's forces and troops from neighboring India have traded fire in the divided region of Kashmir, killing at least one Pakistani villager.
Javed Budhanvi, a minister in Pakistan's part of Kashmir, said on Wednesday that schools were forced to shut down following India's shelling in the Nakial sector on Tuesday. He says hundreds of villagers fled to safer places.
Lt. Col. Manish Mehta, an Indian army spokesman, blamed the Pakistani army for "unprovoked firing" and said their troops returned fire.
Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, two rival nuclear-armed nations, both of which are claiming the entire region.
The two have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, though a 2003 cease-fire has largely held despite small but regular firefights.