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India, Pakistan Beef Up Forces in Kashmir

December 24, 2001|Reuters

NEW DELHI — India and Pakistan rushed troops and military hardware Sunday to the tense frontier where at least three people were reported killed in the latest exchanges of fire between the South Asian nuclear rivals.

Each country said it was responding to a buildup of forces by the other as tension mounted following a Dec. 13 guerrilla attack on India's Parliament that New Delhi has blamed on Islamic militant groups based in Pakistan.

Pakistan has denied involvement and condemned the deadly attack.

Indian officials said two Indian paramilitary border guards were killed and three were wounded when Pakistani troops opened fire along the border of the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.

Pakistani officials said Indian gunfire at various points along the Line of Control dividing Kashmir killed one civilian and wounded eight on the Pakistani side Sunday.

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