Ten killed in Kashmir clashes

Eight Muslim fighters and two soldiers were killed in clashes over the past 24 hours in disputed Kashmir.

    The clashes have shaken the uneasy truce signed last month

    Separatist violence has not abated in the Himalayan region despite peace efforts by India and Pakistan who have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since 1947.

    A police spokesman told Reuters army soldiers shot dead two insurgents on Saturday in a fierce battle in Anantnag district south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

    Elsewhere, six insurgents and two security force personnel were killed in separate gunbattles across the region since Friday evening, police said.

    The army ceasefire on the frontline has held so far, but fighter groups have said they will not observe the truce aimed at building on improved relations between nuclear-armed foes India and Pakistan.

    Border guards meeting
     
    Meanwhile, news agency Press Trust of India reported that commandants of the border guards of the two countries met at the India-Pakistan border at Wagah, the first interaction at such a level after two years, a further sign of improving relations.

    The two sides discussed coordination on routine affairs, the agency said.

    Monthly interactions at the commandant-level were suspended after the two South Asian neighbours came to the brink of war in 2002 after the Indian parliament was attacked by insurgents India accused Pakistan of supporting

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    Pakistan denies Indian allegations that it sponsors the 14-year-old revolt in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which has claimed at least 40,000 lives. Separatists put the toll at more than 80,000.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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