Pakistani Shells Slams Villages
Aug. 09, 1999
SRINAGAR, India (AP) _ More than 200 Pakistani artillery shells slammed into villages in Indian-controlled Kashmir over the weekend, killing one person and damaging more than a dozen homes, a government spokesman said today.
A 19-year-old porter, Mohammed Sharif, was killed Sunday in Chunichan, a village 50 miles west of the town of Kargil, said state government spokesman Sanaulah, who uses one name. Shells damaged a school in Kargil today, but there were no casualties, he said.
India and Pakistan _ the world's newest nuclear powers _ exchange artillery fire almost daily across the cease-fire line that divides Kashmir. The hostile neighbors both claim all of the region, and have gone to war over it twice since independence in 1947.
In May, India launched massive air and ground attacks near the town of Kargil, 75 miles northeast of the state capital of Srinagar, after it found several hundred Pakistan-based Islamic guerrillas occupying mountain peaks in the Indian-held part of Kashmir. The guerrillas pulled back in July.