India-Pakistan cross-border firing kills 4

Pakistani villagers show the damaged wall of a house caused by heavy mortar shells fired by the Indian Border Security (BSF). Photograph:( AFP )

WION Jammu and Kashmir Oct 24, 2016, 02.20 PM (IST)

Four people including two children and a soldier were killed in cross-border firing between India and Pakistan today.

An 18-month-old girl and another civilian were killed in “unprovoked firing” by the Indian Army, the Pakistani military said.

The firing took place in the villages of Harpal, Pukhlian and Charwah around the border of the nuclear-armed countries, AFP reported.

The Indian police said that the late night firing took place in its RS Pura sector, killing an Indian border security guard and a six-year-old boy.

Six other Indians were also injured during the exchange, an Indian police officer was reported as saying.

Relations between the two south Asian countries have worsened in the recent past with India blaming Pakistan for an attack on its army base in September killing 19 soldiers of the Indian Army.

India later launched what it called "surgical strikes" across the border in Pakistan. Pakistan, however, denied any such strikes.

The state of Kashmir sandwiched between India and Pakistan has been claimed in full by both the two countries ever since they gained independence from Britain in August 1947.

(WION with inputs from agencies)