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Pakistan Says Seven Soldiers Killed By Indian Shelling

An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier keeps guard at the India-Pakistan border in October.

Pakistan says seven of its soldiers have been killed by Indian shelling in the disputed region of Kashmir.

The soldiers were killed overnight in the Bhimber sector on the de facto border in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the Pakistani military said on November 14.

Pakistani troops responded to the "unprovoked" Indian firing, the army added.

An Indian Army officer said India's troops "retaliated" to Pakistani fire. The officer added that there were no casualties on the Indian side.

Both countries routinely accuse the other of resorting to unprovoked firing and shelling.

Tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbors have been rising since India accused Pakistan-based militants of launching an assault on an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir in early September that killed 18 soldiers.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947. Both claim the disputed Himalayan territory in its entirety and have fought two wars over it.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Dawn