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New Pakistan-India Border Clashes Kill Five

The Wagah border crossing between India and Pakistan.
The Wagah border crossing between India and Pakistan.

Indian and Pakistani troops have traded fire along the disputed border region of Kashmir, killing five people.

Pakistan's military said Indian shelling killed four Pakistani civilians including a teenage boy near the eastern city of Sialkot on January 5.

Earlier in the day, India's authorities said an Indian soldier was killed when the Indian side of the border came under fire from Pakistani rockets in the Samba sector, some 350 kilometers south of the city of Srinagar.

Forces from the two countries have been involved in deadly exchanges of fire in the region since an Indian border guard and two Pakistan soldiers were killed by gunfire on December 31.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan and India have fought two wars over Muslim-majority Kashmir, which both countries claim as their own.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP