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Friday, May 28, 1999 Published at 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK


World: South Asia

The Kashmir conflict in pictures



The low-level conflict in the disputed region of Kashmir flared this week when India detected what it said were Pakistani-backed infiltrators high in the Himalayas.
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Additional troops were rushed in and heavy artillery pounded positions taken by the suspected Islamic militants in the Kargil region of Indian-administered Kashmir.
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After heavy exchanges with Pakistani soldiers, an Indian army post was abandoned when it was hit by a mortar shell.
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Helicopter gunships and war planes were sent in as India launched air strikes for the first time in a quarter of a century.
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Residents of Dras in the Kargil region began leaving their homes for safer areas.
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Soldiers patrolled the empty streets of Kargil town as thousands of residents fled.
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India revealed on Thursday that it had lost two war planes which Pakistan said it had shot down. India described Pakistan's action as "hostile and provocative."




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