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More Gunfire On India-Pakistan Border

BINOO JOSHIJanuary 30, 1996

JAMMU, India (AP) _ India accused Pakistan on Tuesday of ratcheting up tensions along their disputed border, even though the latest victims of the conflict were unarmed Pakistanis killed by Indian troops.

A government spokesman in the capital New Delhi said India has shown restraint despite Pakistani provocation and accused Pakistan of lying about firing by the armies of the two uneasy neighbors.

Troops on the heavily guarded border around Jammu-Kashmir _ the Indian part of Kashmir _ often shoot at one another, but the attacks have intensified recently. More than two dozen people have been killed in the past week.

Two rockets slammed into a Pakistani mosque on Friday, killing 19 worshipers. India denied Pakistan’s allegations that it fired the rockets.

On Tuesday, four unarmed Pakistanis were killed crossing into India and then attempting to flee. The shootings occurred near Nanga, a village 100 yards inside Indian territory, said S.N. Dubey, an Indian border guards officer.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, which is divided by a cease-fire line that zigzags through many villages. Muslim rebels in Jammu-Kashmir state have been fighting since 1989 for independence or union with Pakistan.

On Monday, an Indian villager was killed by a bullet that penetrated the walls of his home in the village of Sujwal, 25 miles northwest of Jammu, the state’s winter capital, said Surendra Singh, a police official.

The house is near an observation post of Indian paramilitary forces, Singh said.

Indian and Pakistani troops met at an Indian border outpost Tuesday to try to end the shooting. Officials said the talks were inconclusive.

A general strike, called by Kashmiri separatists Tuesday to protest the attack on the mosque, closed all shops and halted traffic in Srinagar, Jammu-Kashmir’s summer capital.

In Islamabad, Pakistan, United Nations observers said the mosque attack may have been part of a rocket exchange between Indian and Pakistani soldiers.

About the same time that the two rockets hit the mosque in Forward Kahuta, rockets also landed inside India about nine miles away, said Maj. Gen. Alfonso Pessolano, the chief U.N. observer.

One of the rockets landed 300 yards from the U.N. observation post, he said.

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